India’s loss to New Zealand in the World Test Championship final appears to have had a significant impact on the team and captain Virat Kohli. According to reports, two top Indian batters called BCCI secretary Jay Shah to express their views on Kohli’s captaincy. Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara are said to be the two players in issue.

Both batsmen were heavily criticised for their performances in the high-profile match against New Zealand. In the first innings, Pujara scored 8 runs off 54 balls, but just 15 runs off 80 balls in the second. Rahane, on the other hand, hit 49 off 49 balls in the first innings and added 15 off 40 balls in the second.

“You have to have the mindset of scoring runs and finding methods to score runs”, in the post-match presentation,the Indian captain stated, “You can’t be too concerned about getting out because you’re pulling the bowler entirely into the game.”

According to the New Indian Express, Rahane and Pujara met Shah to question Kohli’s captaincy, and it was then that the board intervened. Following this, the BCCI sought opinions from the team’s other players. It’s now being suggested that the Indian captain’s decision to resign as the country’s T20 captain is linked to this.

The batter recently announced on his social media platforms that he will step down as T20 skipper after the upcoming major event. A few days later, he announced that this would be his final season as RCB captain and that he would only compete in the IPL as a player from the next edition. Kohli’s choice drew a wide range of opinions from the cricketing community and fans.

Kohli’s captaincy has also been criticised by India’s star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, according to reports. The off-spinner did not play in any of India’s four Test matches against England, as the side opted for four pacers and Jadeja as the lone spinner.