Kohli named Delhi skipper amid protests

Kohli was appointed state skipper for the upcoming Challenger series ahead of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.

Jaipur: Finally, Virat Kohli will lead his Delhi seniors and even one of his idols. The batsman was appointed state skipper for the upcoming Challenger series in Indore, ahead of Virender Sehwag, who was willing to lead, and Gautam Gambhir.

But the team selection meeting had the usual drama associated with Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) with protests from the newly-elected sports committee members who submitted it in writing to the general secretary.

The bone of contention seems to be a player whose dad announced on Friday he’ll sit on a fast unto death at the general-secretary’s house for not including his son. The player’s dad had lent support to the current committee in dislodging the previous group that had ruled for 10 years.

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The Delhi team selection committee chairman, Chetan Chauhan, however, said, “The team was unanimously selected. We picked Virat as the captain as he is the current India vice-captain and has led India recently.”

Officials add Chauhan had stuck to this squad despite strong opposition. The issue of chief coach is resolved as of now with Sanjeev Sharma confirmed for the post.

Virat Kohli (captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Mithun Manhas, Ashish Nehra, Rajat Bhatia, Puneet Bisht, Sumit Narwal, Parvinder Awana, Milind Kumar, Jagrit Anand, Mohit Sharma, Varun Sood, Manan Sharma, Unmukt Chand, Pawan Suyal.