“I’ve no idea about it, we’ve not discussed with anyone about it” – Virat Kohli on Rahul Dravid replacing Ravi Shastri as India’s head coach

Team India captain also went on to reveal the reason behind Yuzvendra Chahal's exclusion from squad for the mega event.

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 16 October 2021 9:03 pm

After a thrilling end to IPL 2021 on Friday night, the world of cricket woke up to another sensational news on Saturday. A report by TOI had claimed that Rahul Dravid is set to step down as NCA head as he will be the next head coach of the Indian team, with Ravi Shastri's contract expiring at the end of 2021 T20 World Cup. The news was all over social media throughout the day but the tables turned by evening.

During the pre-tournament press-conference ahead of the mega event in UAE, Team India captain Virat Kohli was asked for his opinion on the same and his reply left everyone absolutely stunned. The 32-year-old said, "I've no idea about it, we've not discussed with anyone about it," as India's head coach saga took another twist.

Virat Kohli focused on winning the 2021 T20 World Cup

Virat Kohli looked absolutely focused on the present which is why he did not talk much about what will happen after the mega event. Talking about his and Ravi Shastri's goal, Kohli said, "Winning the World Cup has been the ultimate aim for me as captain, Ravi Shastri as the coach and it will be wonderful to actually achieve it".

"I think that we what we have been able to create in the last 5 years is beyond Trophies and titles. We have created a culture," Kohli added. However, he admitted that winning the ICC Trophy will be an achievement and the team will give it their all.

It was a difficult and challenging call: Kohli on Chahal's exclusion

Virat Kohli was also asked about some of the big calls that were taken during India's World Cup squad selection. Reflecting on Rahul Chahar getting a nod ahead of Yuzvendra Chahal, the Indian captain said, "It was a difficult and challenging call. We decided to back Rahul Chahar for a reason, he is a guy who bowls with pace. The wickets in UAE will be slow and the guys who bowl with some pace, would do better."

Kohli also added that Ravichandran Ashwin has improved a lot in his courage as a bowler and hinted that the spinner's performances in last two seasons of IPL played a role in his selection.