Former Australian cricketer and the experienced cricket coach, Tom Moody recently opened up his view on the split captaincy theory. He also talked about why the present Indian team should follow the split captaincy theory.
International cricket has now three different formats – Test, ODI and T20I. While the number of international matches is rising due to the presence of the three different formats, the cricketers are now handling the huge pressure, especially who regularly gets involved in all the three formats.
In the cricket world, there is still debate on the split captaincy theory. The 54-year-old Tom Moody believes that the importance of the split captaincy depends according to the team. As the English limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan doesn’t play the Test cricket, they can utilise the split captaincy theory by appointing Joe Root as the Test captain.
Moody recently told Harsha Bhogle during a chat on Cricbuzz, “On the [split] captaincy, it really depends. Like for England, Eoin Morgan is not a Test player, he has been, but he is not recognised as a Test player, he is a specialist white-ball cricketer. So, it works for them pretty easily, it’s a natural transition.”
I would prefer split captaincy there is purely to preserve the longevity of Virat Kohli: Tom Moody
Talking about the Indian team, Tom Moody seemed satisfied with the present captain Virat Kohli. However, Moody still suggests for the split captaincy in the Indian team to preserve the longevity of Kohli, who is currently the most consistent batsman in every international format as the right-handed batsman has managed the 50+ batting average in every international format.
Moody claimed, “With India’s example, which is probably the most high-profile example, the only reason I would prefer split captaincy there is purely to preserve the longevity of Virat Kohli. Virat Kohli is a superstar, we all know that. And he is an absolute delight to watch, to compete, as a captain and as a batsman.
“It’s a completely different pressure. And I would be concerned that if Kohli maintains all the three captaincy roles, are we losing two-three years of international cricket from one of the game’s greatest-ever players?”
After playing 86 Tests, 248 ODIs and 82 T20Is, the right-handed batsman Virat Kohli has scored 7240 runs (average 53.62), 11867 runs (average 59.33) and 2794 runs (average 50.80) respectively. At present, he is the no.1-ranked ODI batsman, no.2-ranked Test batsman and no.10-ranked T20I batsman.