Indian team is in red-hot form for over a year now, as they’ve stamped their authority in international cricket defeating oppositions in every format of the game.
Recently, Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to whitewash a whole away tour and decimated the Lankans in their den. India emerged victorious in all the nine matches they played on the tour. The Delhi-born batsman Virat Kohli took over the reins from MS Dhoni during the 2014/15 series in Australia, when Dhoni decided to end his Test career.
Since then, Virat had led Indian team and taken Indian cricket to new heights, though he has not faced a tough challenge in his career in the longest format of the game and played most of the matches in conditions, which suits most members of the team. The real test for Virat Kohli will start next year when team India will tour South Africa, England and Australia, and that is when we can talk about what league Virat Kohli is in as a leader.
The numbers for Virat are unbelievable, and under his captaincy, Indian team is looking invincible. Under his leadership, Virat had defeated the likes of South Africa, England, New Zealand, and Australia in Tests, but all these victories have come on home soil, and hence even after such staggering numbers under his belt, no cricket pundit is talking about Kohli as a captain.
Ever since the 28-year-old donned the Indian jersey, there has not been a single question raised about his abilities with the bat, as he is right up there with the greats of the game. When it comes to scoring runs and chasing targets, there is no match for Virat in the current era.
Whenever MS, fails with the bat, few critics comes up and talks about his future in Indian cricket. Though the former captain has said over and over again, he will play until he thinks he is contributing to the team’s performance. In limited-overs format whenever Virat finds himself in a tricky situation, he has MS Dhoni in his armoury to guide him and even after almost ten months, the commentators and even the spectators are finding it difficult to digest the fact that MSD is no longer the skipper.
On the field in coloured clothes, the visuals tell a different story altogether. We have seen many occasions where the former India captain MS Dhoni still taking the major calls for India when in dire straits. Talking about numbers, Virat Kohli had led the Indian team 37 times in ODI cricket and have won 29 out of those, whereas, in Tests, he had led the team 29 times winning 19 and had three draws under his belt.
After the match at the Eden Gardens in one recently concluded ODI series, Warner said, “MS Dhoni brought a sense of calmness to his captaincy. He did a great job as captain, and he is still doing a great job, nurturing Virat, and that is a great thing to do for a former captain.”
The former India captain is often heard guiding young spinners, how to approach the game when under pressure against the bigger hitters like Warner, Maxwell and Smith. The big question that emerges from what we have seen so far in the past two-years is that, is Virat Kohli leading the side in limited-overs format or is he just following what MS offers?
Here’re five reasons why MS Dhoni should retire considering recent events:
- Batting Position
The most talked about thing in the recently concluded ODI series between India, and Australia was MS Dhoni’s batting position.
The wicketkeeper-batsman rescued team India in the first ODI and scored a fighting half-century, but when he came into bat at number seven, he failed to take the team home, when the required rate was above 12 runs-per-over.