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“He Himself Left The Captaincy” – Childhood Coach Rajkumar Sharma Expresses Virat Kohli Won’t Lead India In The Fifth Test

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Photo: BCCI)

Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma has expressed that he doesn’t see the veteran batter leading the Indian team again. The Indian Test team is currently in England for the fifth rescheduled Test match. They were dealt with a huge blow when skipper Rohit Sharma tested positive for the covid-19 virus. The Indian selectors named Mayank Agarwal as the stand-in option for the skipper. However, with uncertainty over Rohit Sharma’s availability, the Indian team might also need a stand-in skipper.

There was a buzz in the air about Virat Kohli taking up the leadership role for the fifth Test. However, Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma doesn’t see it happening. Virat Kohli stepped down from the captaincy post in Test matches, earlier this year after the South Africa series.

In an interview with the news agency, IANS, Rajkumar Sharma stated that Kohli himself left the post, and he doesn’t think that the veteran batter will return to it for the fifth Test match. He said,

“He was not sacked or removed, he himself left the captaincy. So, I don’t think I will see him leading again. I’m not very sure what the selectors or the BCCI will decide? Virat is a team-man and wants India to do well and contribute to the team, which I think he’s doing very well.” 

Last year, India took a 2-1 lead over England in the Test matches, after the first four games under Virat Kohli’s leadership. The fifth match had to be rescheduled, as the Indian camp was hit with the covid-19 virus. The match is all set to take place in Edgbaston, Birmingham starting from July 1.

Virat Kohli is not at all under pressure: Rajkumar Sharma

Former India skipper Virat Kohli is going through a lean patch in his career in the last couple of years. He hasn’t been able to convert his starts and perform consistently. His last international century came in 2019 against Bangladesh in a Test series at home. Virat Kohli’s coach Rajkumar Sharma revealed that the Indian cricketer is not under any pressure.

“No, he is not at all under pressure. Contributing to the team and India’s victory is more important for him rather than getting his hundred. He never goes after records. So, as long as he’s doing well and is contributing well with the bat, he is not worried about his personal milestone,” said Rajkumar Sharma.

Virat Kohli slammed 67 runs in the second innings of the four-day warmup match against Leicestershire. His knock included five boundaries and a couple of sixes. The right-handed batter will be keen to continue the performance in the upcoming test match against England.

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