Former India batsman and captain Mohinder Amarnath have backed Virat Kohli to continue captaining the Indian team after some pundits and fans questioned his leadership after India lost the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC) to New Zealand in Southampton.
Virat Kohli has not been able to win an ICC event while captaining India as the Men in Blue first lost in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and then in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup, also to New Zealand. As a player, Kohli has been part of the 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy victories, but his cabinet of trophies is missing some ICC silverware and that has become a point of contention for many, who want him replaced as India captain.
Virat Kohli Is A Great Player And A Very Good Captain Also. In Him, I See Both Viv Richards And Ricky Ponting: Mohinder Amarnath
Mohinder Amarnath, who was considered to be one of the best batsmen India has produced and was the Man of the Final when India won the 1983 World Cup beating West Indies in the final at Lord’s, has backed Virat Kohli to continue captaining India and even compared him to Viv Richards and Ricky Ponting as a batsman.
“Virat Kohli is a great player and a very good captain also. We shouldn’t be emotional, we have many expectations and when our expectations don’t get fulfilled we start looking for something on which we can put the blame. Definitely, he (Virat) is doing a fantastic job and a player like him comes once in a generation. Cricket will keep on moving forward and when there are so many facilities and you play for a whole year obviously your self-confidence increases,” Amarnath told ANI.
“In Virat Kohli, I see both Viv Richards and Ricky Ponting so you can imagine how good a batsmen Virat is. And with experience, his performances are improving and it’s important for him to continue as captain,” he added.
Mohinder further congratulated New Zealand on their WTC win and mentioned that India had the right balance in their playing XI, but lack of match practice proved to be their problem.