The fall of Virat Kohli as a skipper in the shortest format of the game is imminent following the team’s below-par results in their opening two games in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
Virat had earlier announced that he would step down from his role after the conclusion of the global event in the UAE. To make matters worse for the captain, India never had such a bad start in any of the T20 World Cups since 2007.
Meanwhile, Gambhir lambasted Kohli for his aggressive attitude and questioned his leadership style in the two games against Pakistan and New Zealand.
In a chat with ESPNcricinfo, Gambhir explained: “New Zealand was exactly in the same position as India today. So they had an equal amount of pressure. I mean, it starts with the leader as well. [For New Zealand] it starts with Kane, the calmness. You don’t have to be on the face all the time. You don’t have to show your emotions [always], sometimes just your positivity and calmness can be equally positive [for] the group as well. Just by reacting to everything doesn’t mean that you are more passionate than someone else,” said the former Indian opening batsman.
Gambhir highlighted that the pressure on the Men in Blue and the Kiwis was similar but still Kane Williamson kept things under control and had a more positive impact on his players than Virat Kohli.
“Kane doesn’t react to everything but look at the calmness. Sometimes in these crunch games, it’s your calmness that’s much more important than probably your enthusiasm or reaction to everything,” added Gambhir.