“If India continued with Virat Kohli as captain, they would have been ready for World Cup”, says former Pakistani Skipper

Virat Kohli

Prior to the ODI World Cup 2023, scheduled to be held October to November this year in India, former Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif has left an unconventional remark on the Indian team. Latif, who captained Pakistan has said in a statement that he believes India would be in a much better position for the upcoming ODI World Cup if Virat Kohli had not stepped down as captain.

Lati is a respected commentator and analyst, made the comment in an interview with the Cricket Baaz Youtube channel on Wednesday. He said that Kohli had a clear vision for the Indian team and that he had instilled a winning mentality in the players.

“If they had allowed Virat Kohli to continue as captain, India would be 100 per cent ready for the World Cup by this time,” Latif said. “He had a clear plan for the team and he had the players’ respect. He knew how to get the best out of them.”

Kohli stepped down as India’s ODI captain in December 2021, after a string of poor results. He also stepped down as Test captain in January 2023. Latif said that he understood why Kohli had stepped down, but he felt that it was a mistake. He said that Kohli was still the best batsman in the world and that he would have been a valuable asset to the team as captain.

“I understand why Virat Kohli stepped down as captain, but I think it was a mistake,” Latif said. “He is still the best batsman in the world and he would have been a valuable asset to the team as captain. He knew how to get the best out of the players and he had a clear plan for the team.”

Latif’s comments come at a time when India are struggling in the ODI format. They have lost their last two series, against South Africa and West Indies. The Indian team will be hoping to turn things around in the lead-up to the ODI World Cup, which will be held in India in October-November 2023.

It remains to be seen whether India will be able to do so without Kohli as captain. However, Latif’s comments suggest that they would be in a much better position if he had stayed on.