Dilip Vengsarkar Criticises Captain Virat Kohli For Fielding In Deep
Former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar feels Virat Kohli should take more responsibilities in ODIs, advising him to stay in the 30 yard circle. Vengsarkar’s comment comes just days after Kohli failed to lead India to series win over Australia in the T20I and the ODI series. Kohli’s captaincy in the last two ODIs left a lot to be desired as Australia won both the games to cap off a remarkable series that saw win the five-match series 3-2 after losing the opening two games.
In the fourth ODI when India were defending a mammoth total of 358, Kohli was seen fielding in the outfield while his bowlers struggled to contain the Aussies. Young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant was also having a tough time behind the stumps as Kohli was seen expressing his disappointment from the outfield. Kohli fielding in the outfield is nothing new. While the India skipper prefers to guard the boundaries during the slog overs, he hands the responsibility to his predecessor MS Dhoni. The former India skipper has been seen taking care of any tactical field changes in consultation with the bowler.
The approach has yielded good results so far. However, Dilip Vengsarkar seems to be unimpressed with the method, saying that he is sure if it is the best way of approaching captaincy.
“Captain has to be in the inner circle. You can’t field in the deep and adjust fielding from there. You can see the match better from the circle. If he is going to field in the deep it is not going to help him at all,” Dilip Vengsarkar told India Today.
Vengsarkar opined that Kohli needs to take greater charge of things to take the team forward.
“Absolutely. You can only field in the deep during the slog overs,” he said.
The former chief selector also agreed with coach Ravi Shastri’s suggestion that Kohli could be seen batting at no.4 on occasions during the World Cup.
India’s number four woes is yet be solved. Their latest gamble on Ambati Rayudu has also failed so far as the right-hander failed miserably against Australia.
“I agree with Ravi. Because sometimes in English overcast conditions, if you lose early wickets, you may have to preserve Virat for no.4. because he is the best batsman in the world and in fantastic form. India depends heavily on him which is not a good thing because others have to perform,” Vengsarkar said.
The World Cup will start on May 30 with hosts England locking horns against South Africa. India will kickstart their campaign against South Africa on June 5.
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