Sunil Gavaskar, India’s batting legend feels that it is too early to judge the captaincy skills of India’s test skipper Virat Kohli. Gavaskar, who is a TV commentator for the ongoing series between Sri Lanka and India, felt that Kohli needed more time in order to prove his credentials as the test skipper.
“Why do we make so much of Virat’s captaincy? Look he is into his fourth or fifth Test. He is going to make some mistakes, it’s part of the game. He is learning and look at the way his batting has improved by leaps and bounds because he is such a committed cricketer. Give him a little more time,” Gavaskar said when asked to rate Kohli as the test skipper.
The former batting icon praised lanky pacer Ishant Sharma for bowling with a lot of discipline and striking at the crucial junctures for India. “The second new ball was always going to be India’s hope. And that’s what happened when Ishant got rid of Thirimanne, because that is what opened the doors for India. Till then it looked these two were taking Sri lanka closer to the Indian score. In the end those two wickets, of Thirimanne and Chandimal, that actually showed Sri Lanka down and (Amit Mishra) Mishraji joined the party,” Gavaskar told NDTV.
“I think they are in a very good position. It would have been better if they would have taken 30-40 runs more lead. But by losing just one wicket by the end of the day, they have given themselves the option to go hell bent for leather on Sunday. “I think the pitch is playing slowly and is turning and might turn a little bit more on Day 5. It might not be easy to get the 10 Lankan wickets unless you are able to put pressure on them,” he added
Like Kohli, Gavaskar was also optimistic about India’s batting sensation Ajinkya Rahane. Gavaskar felt that it was too premature to take a call on Rahane’s batting position. He expected Rahane to come good at number 3 in the near future.
“I just think that a batsman who is comfortable at No.5 and then coming in at No.3 is a bit difficult. But having seen Ajinkya Rahane making adjustments to his cricket all around the world, he will succeed giving a long time and will make a success of the No.3 spot. Technically and temperamentally he is very good,” Gavaskar said.
“If he is successful then it solves the problem for many in the order though the opening slot is still a problem. If Rahane does well at No.3, it allows Rohit Sharma to bat at 5, a position he is lot comfortable at,” he said.