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Virat Kohli was forced to leave India's captaincy: Shoaib Akhtar Shoaib Akhtar | Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli was forced to leave India's captaincy: Shoaib Akhtar

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 23 Jan 2022, 11:37 am

Mumbai/IBNS: Spaking off a fresh controversy, former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar has said that Virat Kohli was forced to leave the captaincy of the Indian cricket team.

"Virat didn't leave captaincy but was forced to do so. This is not the best of times for him but he needs to prove what he is made of. Is he made of steel or iron? He is a great guy and a cricketer. Do not try too many things, just go out there and play cricket," Akhtar told ANI.

"He plays a lot with his bottom hand and I think when the form is out, bottom hand players usually are the first ones to get in trouble. I think he's gonna come out of this. He should move forward from this and not keep any bitterness against anyone. Just forgive everybody and keep moving," he added.

Speaking about India's next Test captain, the former Pakistani pacer said: "I know BCCI will make a smart decision regarding this."

Last year, Kohli had stepped down as the T20I captain following which he was removed as the ODI leader as the selectors wanted one skipper for the white-ball format.

Last week, Kohli stepped down as India's Test captain after leading the team for seven years.