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Virat Kohli was “forced” to leave India captaincy: Shoaib Akhtar

Former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar has said that Virat Kohli was forced to leave the captaincy of India. Kohli, last year had stepped down as the T20I captain and then he was removed as the ODI leader as the selectors wanted one skipper for the white-ball format. Kohli had last week stepped down India’s Test captain after leading for seven years.

Shoaib Akhtar said “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. He is a great batsman and has achieved more than anyone else in the world. He just needs to go out there and play with his natural flow.”

“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.