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Salman Butt Says How Kohli & Dravid Are Different, Reason For Captain Change?

Salman Butt talked about the major differences between Indian skipper Virat Kohli and coach Rahul Dravid.

Salman Butt

After the three-match Test series against South Africa, Virat Kohli announced his decision to stand down as captain of the Indian Test team. Now, former Pakistan cricketer Salman Butt has spoken out on what he thinks about Kohli’s decision to walk aside from the national team. Butt speculated that there may have been a compatibility problem between Kohli and head coach Rahul Dravid throughout the match. Butt went on to say that Dravid has a calm attitude, while Kohli has an aggressive mentality. Butt also said that Kohli and Ravi Shastri have a good working relationship since they had similar personalities.

“It is possible that there was a compatibility problem. Rahul Dravid maintains his composure for the most part, whilst Virat Kohli is a more aggressive combatant. In contrast, Kohli’s combination with Ravi Shastri proved to be a success because of their comparable characteristics,” according to Salman Butt, who spoke about the connection on his YouTube channel.

Everyone has nothing but positive things to say about Virat Kohli: Salman Butt

Butt further said that everyone, from the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to Kohli’s teammates, had nothing but positive things to say about the Indian captain.

“Everyone, from Sourav Ganguly to his colleagues, had nothing but positive things to say about Kohli. This indicates that he was very good at his work, as shown by the fact that they have already begun to miss him,” Butt said.

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Adding that Rohit Sharma is an excellent leader, Salman Butt believes that the only thing that may work against the “Hitman” is his physical infirmity.

“Rohit Sharma is experiencing physical difficulties. This is one of the reasons why many fans are rooting for KL Rahul to be named captain since you cannot have a leader who is prone to injury. Rohit, on the other hand, is an excellent choice since he is a seasoned leader. Believe Rohit should continue to be the best option, and a younger player might be named vice-captain,” Salman Butt said

The Indian cricket team would return to the pitch on 19th January 2022 when they take on the South African side in the first One-Day International (ODI) in Paarl.

It is reasonable to state that the difference between the two sides is tiny on the last day of a three-Test series when the teams are matched at 1-1, with one team requiring eight wickets for victory and the other 111 runs, on a ground where both results are equally likely.

After South Africa completed a come-from-behind series triumph by defeating India for the second time in a row by seven wickets, this was still the case. The margin of victory in Cape Town, like the margin of victory in the second Test in Johannesburg, was maybe a little deceiving.

Both sides were using five-bowler combinations, and the last six wickets had gone in the first three innings, resulting in the addition of 56, 51, and 46 runs, respectively, in the first three innings. India may have changed the outcome of this game and the series if they had discovered an opportunity early on the fourth day.

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