‘Dirty politics’ on to target Virat Kohli – Salman Butt

Virat Kohli has been a successful skipper in bilateral series across the globe. However, he has failed to lead India to an ICC title. Former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt has defended Virat Kohli. There were reports that management was not happy with his decision in England. Butt added that Kohli has been instrumental in India’s success and with the T20 World Cup to be played in the UAE, the debate around his leadership won’t be healthy.

According to some reports, Virat will have to leave captaincy if he fails to guide India to a T20 World Cup title. Butt feels that the timing of this discussion is not good for the team.

“Do you see the timing of this news? I don’t have a problem with what the board thinks, it’s about their own evaluation of who can take their cricket forward. but is this the time to discuss these things? Now there’s talk of Virat Kohli’s captaincy being on the danger line,” said Butt on his YouTube Channel.

“He’s (Virat) recently played a series in England, led his team really well, he was being criticized for his team selections but he’s constantly backing his team and in turn, the team is responding to him and playing good cricket. The team is at the top in every format and the World Cup is right up front, so such news surfacing in the media is nothing but a dirty game,” added Butt.