Kohli’s feud with India’s teammate revealed

Seen on the right, Indian spinner Ravi Ashwin along with a picture of team captain Virat Kohli.

Ravi Ashwin (right) has not been in India since a reported bust-up with captain Virat Kohli. Image: Getty

Virat Kohli has been called out due to a reported feud with a star teammate as the Indian captain faces increasing pressure following a second loss at Twenty20 World Cup.

India are on the brink of an unimaginable early exit in the T20 tournament after New Zealand inflicted an eight-wicket defeat on the cricket powerhouse.

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In addition to their midfield matches, India appear to have a storm brewing in their squad, with former Englishman Nick Compton highlighting Kohli’s strained relationship with Ravichandran Ashwin.

The veteran off-spinner is the most experienced and successful bowler in India’s squad, but so far he has not played any role in the World Cup.

Ashwin was also surprisingly left out of all four Tests in the series against England, played earlier this year.

The spinner, who has 413 test wickets, 150 ODI and 52 T20 international scalps to his name, has been out of the game since India’s final loss to the World Test Championship to New Zealand in June.

Ashwin reportedly complained to India’s cricket board, BCCI, that Kohli had made him feel uncomfortable after the defeat, claiming that the skipper reprimanded him for not showing enough intent in the match.

It is understood that Kohli’s announcement that he was giving up the lead in the shorter formats of the game after the World Cup came after pressure from BCCI.

Compton – who played 16 Tests for England between 2012 and 2016 – said he believes the feud is proving to be detrimental to India and questioned why Ashwin was constantly overlooked for the election of India.

“I just do not understand how Kohli’s stinging relationship with Ashwin is allowed to keep him out of India’s team,” Compton wrote on Twitter.

“Do you think captains should have such autonomy?”

Kohli is under pressure on a number of fronts, with the captain also being criticized for not fronting the media after India’s huge loss to New Zealand.

India Trent Boult took three wickets and Ish Sodhis plays two as the Black Caps limited the 2007 champions to just 7-110 during the opening of the Super 12s match in Dubai.

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Ravindra Jadeja’s unbeaten 26 gave India a faint hope of holding their last four hopes in their own hands, but New Zealand did easy work with the modest total and ended the victory with 33 balls left.

Daryl Mitchell came a race under half a century for the Kiwis, while captain Kane Williamson struck 33 not out, including the winning race.

Fans aimed at Kohl to skip the traditional post-match press conference following the humiliating defeat and instead sent bowler Jasprit Bumrah to face the media.

While Kohli skipped the post-match press conference, he told a reporter on the ground afterwards that his team should return to what they do well.

Here, Virat Kohli looks to India at the T20 World Cup.

Virat Kohli has received criticism from Indian fans after skipping the press conference after the match following his team’s loss to New Zealand at the T20 World Cup. (Getty Images)

“There’s only one way to play T20 cricket, you have to be optimistic, you have to be positive, you take calculated risks, and that’s what this format is about,” Kohli said.

“Just because you are the Indian cricket team and there are expectations does not mean you start playing the format differently.

“I think we need to disconnect a little bit from that and back ourselves out there and be proud to perform for the team. As long as individuals are looking to do that, I think we will make it.

“There’s a lot of cricket to play in this tournament, and something we all have to look forward to, and certainly the team has to look forward to and go out there with a positive mind.”

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