A day after Virat Kohli said that MS Dhoni was the only player to message him after he quit Test captaincy, former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has a few questions of his own for Kohli. The former Indian captain made some startling revelations after his fine knock against Pakistan on Sunday.
Kohli revealed that MS Dhoni was the only person to have reached out to him when he relinquished his role as a captain in the Test format. In January earlier this year, following India’s loss in South Africa tour, he took to Twitter to announce that he is giving up his Test captaincy role.
Responding to Virat Kohli’s claims on Sports Tak, Sunil Gavaskar questioned what message did the former captain wanted. Gavaskar stated:
“What message did he want? Encouragement? But then he is done with captaincy, so why would he need encouragement? That chapter (captaincy) is already closed.
“Now you are playing only as a cricketer. So focus on that role because when you are the captain, you think about and worry about your mates. Once captaincy is over, it’s time to focus on your own game.”
“He should name the player he is referring to” – Sunil Gavaskar to Virat Kohli
Sunil Gavaskar further stated that Virat Kohli should name the persons he is referring to instead of saying who messaged him. He also guessed that Kohli was referring to some of his teammates who have appeared on the TV.
“It’s very difficult to say as to whom Virat is referring to? If he would have taken any names, you can then go and ask that person, if you have contacted him or not. What I have heard is that he is talking about only MSD having called him after leaving Test captaincy,” Gavaskar said.
“If he is talking about former players, who have played with him, we know who all from that lot come on TV. He should name the player he is referring to. Ask them Kya Bhai aapne koi Message nahi kiya (Bro, you didn’t message me?),” he concluded.