Former England captain Nasser Hussain has recently gave his view whether the split captaincy, which the present England cricket team follows, will work in the present Indian team or not.
Virat Kohli is currently leading the Indian team in great way. Though Kohli-led India haven’t won any tournaments yet, they have performed consistently in every tournaments and always finished in the top-four positions.
Recently, Kohli-led India lost their no.1 position in the Test team rankings, which they held for consecutive 43 months. At present, they are the no.2-ranked ODI team and no.3-ranked Test and T20I team.
Meanwhile, the limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma has impressed with his leadership in the national team, which he has got very limited opportunities. However, Rohit is holding the record of most IPL trophy-winning as a captain as his team Mumbai Indians (MI) have recorded four IPL trophies victory, all under his captaincy.
Kohli and Rohit both are very crucial players of the present Indian team’s batting. Many have recently suggested utilising the split captaincy policy in the present Indian team between Kohli and Rohit. While they are taking this responsibility strongly on their shoulder, Nasser Hussain still feels that it will be difficult for Kohli to hand over the captaincy role of any format as his character doesn’t support it.
Hussain recently told Harsha Bhogle in Cricbuzz, “It depends on the character, Virat (Kohli) is such an imposing character, all encompassing, it would be difficult for him to hand over, he wouldn’t want to hand anything over.”
I think more importantly it would be about coaching: Nasser Hussain
In the England cricket team, Eoin Morgan is leading the limited-overs sides while Joe Root is leading the Test team. Nasser Hussain praised their supportive characters. However, the former English captain feels that the coach split is more important as England haven’t achieved much Test success in recent times like their recent limited-overs success.
Hussain continued, “Whereas with England, we have Morgan and Root, two likable, laidback (characters). I think more importantly it would be about coaching, Coaches have so much to do, whether you should have a split coach, they have so much on their plate.
“Just to give you a fresh perspective like Trevor Bayliss for example: he cracked white ball for England, we didn’t really crack Test match cricket. So maybe two different coaches would be the right way to go.”
England are now the top-ranked ODI team, second-ranked T20I team and fourth-ranked Test team. While England just missed out to win the ICC World T20 2016 (runners-up), they won their first-ever Cricket World Cup in the 2019 edition.