“Virat Kohli had a direction, but was sacked”- Rashid Latif says India couldn’t win an ICC trophy due to infighting

India last won an ICC trophy in 2013.

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma | BCCIFormer Pakistan captain Rashid Latif opined that India has been unable to win any ICC trophy for 10 years now because of infighting between players and sacking of Virat Kohli who had the vision and wanted to win.

India last won an ICC trophy in 2013 when the MS Dhoni-led side lifted the Champions Trophy in England and since then, they made it into the knockouts of the 2014, 2016, and 2022 T20 World Cups and the semi-final of the 2015 and 2019 ODI World Cup, but couldn’t lift the trophy.

Former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Rashid Latif took up India's issues in the ICC tournaments during a YouTube video on his channel.

Latif stated that the team also faced “internal issues”, seemingly referring to Kohli's sacking as captain and India's top-order crisis, terming them a big reason for the title drought.

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Virat Kohli had a direction and he wanted to win, but he was sacked. The team couldn't perform due to internal issues. They couldn't perform in ICC tournaments because, maybe, the captain didn't get the desired players. Or maybe he got it, but they weren't used. Now, there are two big events -- the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka and the World Cup at home. Their team is still pretty good, they will get a no.4,” Latif said on his YouTube channel.

The problem begins when the top-3 get dismissed quickly. If the top-3 play out the 25-30 overs, they will win easily. Their issue is the top-3 isn't performing how it used to. They could've brought back Shikhar Dhawan, you had made him captain less than a year ago during a tour. You had players, you threw them here and there,” he added.

India’s next ODI assignment will be the Asia Cup 2023, where they will face Pakistan on September 2nd and Nepal on September 4th in Kandy, Sri Lanka.


By Jatin Sharma - 13 Aug, 2023

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