A bizarre petition on Change.org wants Virat Kohli to stop wish luck to India cricket teams ahead of major ICC tournament finals and knockout matches.
Virat Kohli will be in action in the upcoming ODI series vs South Africa (Reuters Photo)
- Virat Kohli has to stop wishing luck to India teams, petition claims
- More than 400 people have signed the petition as on Wednesday afternoon
- The petition also wants Rohit Sharma to take over India captaincy from Virat Kohli
In the lead up to the the T20 World Cup final in Melbourne, wishes poured in for the India women’s team who were taking on hosts Australia in front of a massive 86,000-strong crowd. Expectations were high as India were unbeaten in the group stages and had beaten Australia in the tournament opener.
From Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president, Sourav Ganguly to India captain Virat Kohli, former and current cricketers wished Harmanpreet Kaur’s team good luck.
However, India came up with an ordinary display in the big final and were outclassed by Australia by 85 runs.
While it is fair to pinpoint the flaws in India’s performance in the big MCG final, a weird petition is doing rounds on popular petition-signing platform, Change.org blaming Virat Kohli for India’s loss in the T20 World Cup final.
In fact, the petition wants Virat Kohli to stop wishing India teams ahead of major ICC tournament finals. Kohli has certainly earned the status of a cult figure in India cricket but it’s over the top to assume that he has control over all that that is happening in Indian cricket.
“We are not against Virat Kohli but we have seen how panauti his wishes can be for any good that India can achieve . Today is International Women’s day and my heart is broken after seeing the condition of India Women in ICC World Cup Final. So please sign this petition in huge numbers so that this message can get to Virat Kohli,” the petition started on Sunday reads.
The petitioner also has stated that they will start a fresh petition to seek the appointment of Rohit Sharma as India captain at ICC tournaments.
“Our organisation will start another petition that will be to make Rohit Sharma India’s captain because we have seen the condition of India in the ICC tournaments since Mr. Panauti has become India’s captain,” the petition reads.
Incidentally, India senior men and women’s teams have not won an ICC trophy since MS Dhoni led India to Champions Trophy glory in 2013. India have reached 4 finals and as many semi-finals since but the trophy has been eluding the Asian giants.
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