Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has made some striking comments on Virat Kohli. While speaking in the press conference after the recent India-Pakistan, Kohli addressed the fact that nobody reached out to him when he went through a lean patch and it was only MS Dhoni who texted him after he quit Test captaincy.
While speaking to Sports Tak on Monday, Gavaskar expressed that Virat Kohli should name the player he was expecting a call from after quitting Test captaincy. He then addressed that Kohli should further specify what kind of message he was waiting for.
Gavaskar said, "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."
"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?)".
Sunil Gavaskar then questioned the reasoning behind his comments and had a brutal take on Virat Kohli’s revelation in the press conference. "What message did he want?" he questioned. "Encouragement? But then he is done with captaincy, so why would he need encouragement? That chapter (captaincy) is already closed," Gavaskar said.
"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."
The Mumbai-born batter also spoke on how he never got any messages from any player after he gave up the captaincy in 1985, after winning the World Championship of Cricket in Australia. "Now I left captaincy in 1985 after (B&H) World Championship of Cricket. That night we celebrated, hugged each other but beyond that what else do you expect ?"