Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt slammed the Indian team management for sacking Virat Kohli as the captain as they still haven’t won a trophy after that
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Former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt came down heavily on Indian team managementButt said that the BCCI sacked Virat Kohli from captaincy but they still haven’t won the trophyButt’s comments came after India were knocked out of T20 World CupTeam India underwent yet another premature exit in an ICC event after England handed them a hammering in the semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2022. This was Rohit Sharma’s first ICC tournament as the captain of the Indian team after he took over the reigns from Virat Kohli last year. The Men in Blue did top their group winning four out of the five games they played, however, they couldn’t get through the semis as they ran into a dangerous England side, who swatted them aside.
Since the World Cup, a can of worms has opened up as the entire selection committee was sacked and there are reports that as part of T20 revamp, Hardik Pandya will be made captain while Rohit will remain in the Tests and the ODIs. This invited widespread criticism as Virat Kohli last year was removed from ODI captaincy as the selection committee wanted to have the same captain in white-ball cricket.
Former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt too has come down heavily on the BCCI and the Indian team management saying that the board had sacked Kohli saying that he couldn’t win an ICC trophy but the trophy cabinet is still empty since MS Dhoni left.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Butt said, “When they had sacked Kohli, there was no valid reason for that. The reason was that he did not win an ICC trophy. How many captains have actually won the ICC trophy? Many have spent their entire career without it. Ab jeet liye? (Have they won it now)? He was a quality captain. He wasn’t the only reason why the team had lost. It is not that the team has drastically improved now. If it was all about winning then it’s not that Dhoni can’t play in the T20s.
“The format itself is so fickle and World Cups are happening so frequently and then you have various leagues going on in between. And above that if you have someone who is fit, ready to go and can lead you tactically then why not? Grooming can happen in bigger formats as well. But again it’s all about their mindset,” he further said.
Under Hardik, the new-look Indian team started well in the ongoing New Zealand series, however, they still have a long way to go as the Men in Blue have performed well in the bilaterals but the ICC tournaments have been their Achilles heal.