Virat Kohli Yet To Prove Himself As Captain: Gundappa Viswanath
Former India batsman Gundappa Viswanath believes Virat Kohli still has a lot of work to do on his captaincy.
Just a few months ago, Virat Kohli’s captaincy had taken the cricketing world by storm. He led India to nine consecutive series wins in Tests after replacing the legendary MS Dhoni. Every team that visited India was blown away with utmost ease. But then came 2018 and India visited South Africa and England.
And it is safe to say that Kohli has not managed to reverse the trend of his predecessors. Just like most of the previous teams, the Kohli-led side failed to win overseas too. And what has made things tougher for Kohli is his captaincy.
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Time and again during the England series, his captaincy was questioned. In a series where he looked class apart with the bat, his captaincy overshadowed his batting. From his field placements to his choice of bowlers, Kohli’s tactics have come under the scanner time and again in overseas Tests especially in England.
Whether it was removing an in-form R Ashwin from bowling when Sam Curran was going great guns at Edgbaston, dropping Umesh Yadav for Kuldeep Yadav in pacer friendly pitch at Lord’s, persisting with R Ashwin in Southampton despite his poor bowling or the struggles with the DRS, Kohli’s captaincy in England left a lot to be desired.
He bounced back in style by leading India to their biggest win in Tests. The Kohli-led side thrashed West Indies by an innings and 272 runs in the first Test of the ongoing series. However, Gundappa Viswanath feels Kohli still needs to prove he is the best as captain. At the same time, he praised Kohli for his batting.
” Kohli is doing really well, but he is yet to prove that he’s the best. He has to win a series abroad. He has come closer, a couple of times, but still he hasn’t done yet. As a batsman, he has proved in all conditions. In the recent England tour, he showed us how good can he be. There are more expectations from Kohli the captain. He is still young as a leader. But I am confident he will reach that stage one day,” Viswanath told The Times of India.
Well, Kohli will have a chance to make amends for his poor captaincy in South Africa and England when he leads India in Australia later this year.
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