Virat Kohli stepped down as Test skipper of India, giving a huge shock to many cricket fans, followers, experts, and analysts all around the globe. Virat Kohli was the skipper of India in all three formats for the last few years. The 33-year-old himself decided to quit as a T20I skipper last year in November. Later, BCCI also removed him as an ODI skipper. Just after the IND vs SA Test series loss, the right-handed batsman also quit the Test captaincy.
Virat Kohli’s era in Test cricket can be arguably dubbed as the golden period. Under Kohli, the team bagged some incredible victories at foreign soils and dominated almost every team at home. Team India also held the top spot in ICC Test rankings for the most time. Moreover, Kohli also encouraged and backed a few Indian players on the Test side. In this article, we talk about 5 Indian players who owe their Test careers to Virat Kohli.
5 Indian Players Who Owe Their Test Careers To Virat Kohli
5. Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma is the first player on this list. Until 2019, Rohit Sharma was not a regular member of the Test team for India. He did not bat as an opener in Tests, however, was a regular opener in the ODI and T20Is. In 2019 during South Africa’s tour of India, the right-handed batsman played as an opener in Test for the first time.
Smashing a double century, Sharma proved to everyone that is a top choice for an opener in Tests as well. It was under Virat Kohli’s captaincy that Rohit Sharma was given an opportunity to open in Tests. His Test career rose post the series. Hence, Kohli owes a lot of credit in Rohit Sharma’s rise as a Test opener.