Gavaskar questions skipper Virat Kohli's position as skipper post World Cup exit

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The 70-year-old feels that there should have been a formal meeting to ponder over the reappointment of Kohli.

Gavaskar also censured the Indian selection committee by addressing them as 'lame ducks'. (Photo: AFP/PTI)

Mumbai: India crashed out from the ICC World Cup 2019 after suffering 18-run defeat against New Zealand in the semi-finals. Following India's World Cup exit, veteran Sunil Gavaskar has questioned why skipper Virat Kohli has continued his position as the captain even though his appointment ended with the conclusion of the World Cup.

The 70-year-old feels that there should have been a formal meeting to ponder over the reappointment of Kohli.

"That they selected the team for West Indies without first having a meeting to select the captain brings up the question of whether Virat Kohli is the captain of the team at his or the selection committee's pleasure," Gavaskar wrote in his column for Mid-Day.

"To the best of our knowledge, his (Kohli's) appointment was till the World Cup. After that, it was incumbent on the selectors to meet even if it was for five minutes for his reappointment," added Gavaskar.

Kohli was appointed as captain of the team across all the formats for the upcoming West Indies tour which starts with T20Is on August 3.

Gavaskar also censured the Indian selection committee by addressing them as 'lame ducks'.

"Speaking of lame ducks, the Indian selection committee appears to be one. After the reappointment, he (Captain) gets invited to the meeting for his views on selecting the players for the team."

"By bypassing the procedure, the message that goes out is that while the players like Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik get dropped after below expectation performance, the captain continues despite much below par expectations where the team did not even reach the finals," said Gavaskar regarding the selection committee.

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