Gautam Gambhir Has No Doubts Over Kohli's Test Captaincy
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Gautam Gambhir Has No Doubts Over Virat Kohli’s Test And ODI Captaincy

Gautam Gambhir has given his stamp of approval to regular skipper Virat Kohli as India’s Test match skipper and expressed hope the team reaches new heights under his leadership. Virat Kohli will be back to lead the Indian cricket team in the Test series against England.

The Indian skipper had missed the last three Tests of the team’s tour to Australia as he had returned home for the birth of his first child.

Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli.
Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Gautam Gambhir Had Question Marks Over Virat Kohli’s T20 Captaincy But Not In ODIs Or Tests

In the recent edition of the Star Sports show Game Plan, ex opener Gautam Gambhir was asked about Virat Kohli’s captaincy and his possible reaction to the way the Indian team bounced back in Australia in his absence under Ajinkya Rahane. Gautam Gambhir pointed out that he never had any apprehensions about Virat Kohli’s credentials as a skipper in Test matches or ODI cricket. He hopes the Indian team will grow from strength to strength under Virat Kohli’s astute leadership.

“I have always had question marks over his T20 captaincy but I never had question marks on his 50-over or Test match captaincy. India has done very well under his leadership especially in red-ball cricket and I am sure India will continue to grow further under his leadership,” Gambhir said.

The former cricketer added that Virat Kohli would have been delighted by the Indian team’s exploits. Gautam Gambhir added that Virat Kohli has himself mentioned repeatedly that the team is not a one-man army.

Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Twitter.

“India was never dependent on one or two people and Virat Kohli has said that time and time again. Yes, Virat Kohli is the leader and I am sure he is going to be as happy as the rest of the squad as well. He has done really well in Test cricket,” said Gambhir.

Gautam Gambhir was also asked if it will be good for India that a lot of new faces alongside veterans are returning to the squad. Virat Kohli will hope to be back to his run-scoring best in the India-England series where new faces like Mohammed Siraj, Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur will play alongside veterans Ishant Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli.

Gautam Gambhir: Virat Kohli Is Going To Come Back Afresh

He responded by stating that Virat Kohli’s rejuvenated and happy mind, after the arrival of the new girl child member in his family, will be the biggest positive for Team India.

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir. Image Credit: Getty Images.

The former Indian opener concluded by stating that Virat Kohli would have the team’s interests foremost in his mind when asked if he would be itching to start the new decade with a big knock.

“As any cricketer would say, it is not about hundreds. It is about the runs you can score to make your team win. For Virat Kohli it really does not matter that he has not batted in Australia, obviously he would have loved to but the most important thing is that he is going to look forward to the England series and he knows how important the series is to qualify for the World Test Championship final,” concluded Gambhir.

The Indian team would be looking to maintain the momentum gained with the historic Test series win in Australia. Virat Kohli would be also be hoping to get back to his big-scoring ways after failing to score a century in the truncated 2020 cricket calendar.