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New Delhi: Uncertainties swirled in Indian cricket after Virat Kohli announced the sudden departure from Test captaincy on Saturday evening. Sharing his views on the situation, former India captain Kapil Dev said Kohli needs to tone down his ego and get ready to play under a young cricketer.
The Chief-in-commander of India glorious World Cup win in 1983 said that Kohli is "going through a rough time" and "appeared to be under a lot of pressure".
"Even Sunil Gavaskar played under me. I played under K Srikkanth and (Mohammad) Azharuddin. I had no ego," said Dev, 63, referring to other greats of the era.
"Virat will have to give up his ego and play under a young cricketer. This will help him and Indian cricket. Virat should guide the new captain, new players. We cannot lose Virat, the batsman... no way."
The race to become the successor if Kohli is underway and many have given their opinions as to who can be a perfect fit for the post.
Cricket commentator, Harsha Bhogle suggested on Twitter that Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah should also be considered for the position.
Rohit Sharma currently, being the white-ball captain and vice-captain of the longest format, seems to be the obvious choice but such high-stakes decisions are never so easy and straightforward.