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Veteran Indian commentator, Aakash Chopra, has said that the current skipper of the India National Cricket Team, Virat Kohli, is still improving as a captain. Aakash Chopra also stated that Rohit Sharma is the ultimate heir to the throne of Indian captaincy once Virat Kohli steps down as the Indian skipper. Chopra said that we must be patient with Kohli as the skipper of the team as he is improving.
There has been a lot of talk going on in the media that suggest team India opting for a split captaincy pattern between Virat and Rohit Sharma. Team India’s recent failures in ICC events have added fuel to the fire as many people are now opposing Virat Kohli’s leadership skills in major tournaments. Keeping in view, the ICC T20 World Cup later this year, a lot of people have now voiced the opinion of handing over the T20 captaincy to Rohit Sharma.
Now, Aakash Chopra has said that Rohit Sharma will definitely lead the team after Virat Kohli but for now, the Indian team management and the fans must stick with Kohli.
Aakash Chopra Opens Up On Split Captaincy In The Indian Team
In a recent interaction, the cricketer turned commentator Aakash Chopra spoke on the captaincy options of the Indian team.
“India is blessed. If India feels 6 months or 1 and a half years down the line that we need a change of guard… I don’t think Kohli’s performance will get affected. He has reached that level wherein he won’t come down from there. His performances will be unaffected regardless of whether he is the captain or not,” Chopra said while speaking to sports presenter Sawera Pasha during a YouTube interaction.
“But as a team, sometimes you want a different direction. If you reach that stage, then Rohit Sharma is a readymade choice available. But till then, you need to persist with Kohli, he is improving as captain. If he has a good bowling attack, like the one he has in Tests, he is a fine captain who knows how to handle the bowlers well. But if he doesn’t have good bowlers, just like the case at RCB, then he is also not that aggressive,” Chopra said.
“For the next 10-12 months, I think it will be Kohli. But after that, if you are looking for a change of guard… I wish India wins an ICC event soon because after 2013 we haven’t won anything. There is a T20 World Cup in India as well. Hopefully, India should win one of these 2. If they don’t win, then you may start thinking ‘let’s look for a change in leadership and find a different tone now’,” Chopra concluded.
Virat Kohli Has Had An Impressive Run As The Skipper Of India
Virat Kohli has been an impressive skipper, especially in Test cricket for team India.
Virat has led the Men in Blue in 55 Test matches out of which the team has won 33 games and lost 12 games. 10 games have ended in a draw, and he has a win percentage of 60 in the most extended format of the game.
Kohli has also led India in 89 ODIs so far out of which the team has gone on to win 62 matches and lost only 24 games. One game has tied during Virat’s reign, and two ended in no result. Virat Kohli has a win percentage of 71.83 as India had emerged as one of the strongest ODI teams in world cricket.
In the T20Is, Kohli has led team India in 37 games so far wherein they have won 22 games and lost 11 matches. Two games have ended in a tie, and two games have ended in No Result. Kohli has a win percentage of 65.71 in T20Is.