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Virat Kohli Has Consciously Realised That He Can’t Lead In All Three Formats, Says Atul Wassan

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (BCCI)

Atul Wassan, the former India cricketer feels Virat Kohli has realized that he cannot lead Team India in all three formats. Opening batter Rohit Sharma was named India’s full-time ODI captain on Wednesday and Atul Wassan reckons it is a good move as the Mumbai Indians’ skipper has proved his mettle in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Virat Kohli consciously realized that he cannot lead in all three formats, says Atul Wassan.

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma—Twitter

Atul Wassan: Virat Kohli Has Consciously Realized That He Can’t Lead In All 3 Formats As He Was Struggling

Virat Kohli has been one of India’s most successful white-ball captains. In 95 ODIs, he won 65, giving him a winning percentage of 70-plus. In 45 T20Is, he led India to victory 27 times. He is the fourth in the list of most victories by an Indian captain where MS Dhoni leads the tally with 110 wins, followed by Mohammad Azharuddin (90) and Sourav Ganguly (76).

Under his leadership, India won 15 ODI bilateral series out of 19, which also includes victories in difficult conditions in South Africa, Australia, and West Indies. During his ODI captaincy stint, Virat Kohli scored 5449 runs in 95 matches with 21 hundred.

Atul Wassan file photo | Screengrab
Atul Wassan file photo | Screengrab.

“I don’t think it is the removal of Virat. Virat himself has consciously realized that he cannot lead all three formats. He was struggling and every player goes through this bad patch. He has set such high standards for himself that even 40s-50s are not counted but he also expects a lot from him,” Atul Wassan said.

“I said many years ago that it is not right for any country, any team that all three formats are led by one guy. Rohit has shown that he is a good leader. He has got IPL crowns but Virat hasn’t. Maybe Virat will also find his second gear and second wind and it augurs well for Indian cricket,” he added.

The former Indian cricketer said captaincy is a burden for a player but Virat Kohli has enjoyed his stint as the skipper of the side.
 “I think it comes into the holistic view of it. If you see that in some we lost big tournaments and in the World Cup also it is a big issue. Perhaps Virat and Shastri were cornering the authority also So, BCCI probably wants to clip their wings also. This has been happening,” said Wassan.
“Captaincy is a burden but Virat has enjoyed it. So, he has been captaining for so long so the records will speak. Indian cricket is on a high. He got the baton from Dhoni which has given him performance and he also made some good players,” he added.
Rohit Sharma has been Virat Kohli’s longstanding deputy in limited-overs cricket, captaining the team in 10 ODIs and 19 T20Is before he was given full-time charge during the recent three-match home series against New Zealand. He started with a clean sweep. Five IPL titles leading Mumbai Indians in IPL made him an obvious choice as Virat Kohli’s successor.

Atul Wassan: Ajinkya Rahane And Cheteshwar Pujara Are In Their Last Legs

Rohit Sharma was also named as India’s Test vice-captain as the All-India Senior Selection Committee picked an 18-member squad for the upcoming three-match Test series against South Africa. Ajinkya Rahane was added to the Test squad despite going through a lean patch.
Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara (AFP Photo)
Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara (AFP Photo)
“Rahane is struggling and for him to become vice-captain is untenable. The way Rohit has been performing. Pujara and Rahane are in their last legs,” Wassan said.
Ajinkya Rahane had a horror run with the bat over the last year, which has seen his average dip to under 40(39.3). In fact, he averages a mere 19.57 in 12 Tests in 2021, his lowest average in a year since debuting in 2013.
Ajinkya Rahane has not scored a century since December 2020- a memorable 112 against Australia. Cheteshwar Pujara hasn’t scored a ton since he made 193 against Australia .in January 2019. Cheteshwar Pujara has done slightly better at 29.83 from the same number of games in 2021.