T20 World Cup 2021: “Have no idea”, Kohli unaware of talks around Dravid’s appointment as India head coach

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There are a lot of speculations around Team India’s new head coach as Ravi Shastri’s term is set to end after the T20 World Cup 2021, slated to be held in UAE and Oman from October 17 to November 14.

Meanwhile, a report published in ANI claims that former captain Rahul Dravid has agreed to take over as the head coach of the national team from Shastri.

Amidst all this, India skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday said he has no idea regarding what is happening on the coach front as the main objective now is to win the T20 World Cup.

“Look, I mean our goal is to win the World Cup. I have no idea regarding what is happening on the coach front, we have not had any detailed discussions with anyone. But winning the T20 World Cup is our goal like any other team. But I think what we have been able to create over the last 5-6 years is beyond titles and beyond tournaments,” he said during Captain’s Call organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on the eve of the T20 World Cup.

Kohli further added that he and Shastri are proud of creating a culture where everyone in the side wants to be the best version of themselves.

“We have created a culture which I think will last for a long time where people want to be the best they can be when they enter the team, the fittest they can be. That culture we have driven with utmost passion and honesty which we hope will continue to be the case in the years to come. Winning an ICC title will definitely be a wonderful moment for all of us, it will be an amazing achievement. We are motivated to do so, we will give it our everything,” he added.

Commenting on India’s 2007 T20 World Cup triumph, Kohli said: “I would not say that the 2007 T20 World Cup win was unexpected but no one really knew about the tournament, after the title win the emergence of IPL was something that changed the game completely.”

“But that World Cup we fondly remember watching, keenly watching that young team achieving things at the world stage and as I said, we understood the impact of that win few years down the line when T20 cricket became as big as it has. For a young team to achieve what they did was very special, it was inspirational. It gave me more belief that I could perform at the highest level at such a young age,” he added.

Team India will opener their T20 World Cup 2021 campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan in Dubai on October 24.