Former India batsman, Gautam Gambhir backs Virat Kohli to continue as the Test captain of the Indian team amidst the talks of replacing the latter with Ajinkya Rahane in the longer format. Since Rahane led Team India to a Test series victory in Australia, many experts have been calling for Kohli to be snubbed as a Test captain.
However, Gautam Gambhir, who has often rained down heavily on Kohli’s captaincy, feels that India will flourish further with Kohli at the front in Test cricket. The former Kolkata Knight Riders leader says despite that he has questioned Virat Kohli as a T20 captain – Gambhir has often demanded Rohit Sharma to be made the T20 captain for the Men in Blue and compared his 5 IPL trophies to Kohli’s none – but the left-hander has been an admirer of Kohli when it comes to red-ball captaincy.
“I have always had question marks over his T20 captaincy but I never had question marks on his 50-over or Test match captaincy. India has done very well under his leadership especially in red-ball cricket and I am sure India will continue to grow further under his leadership,” Gautam Gambhir told Star Sports.
Team India has played 56 Test matches under Virat Kohli; winning 33 and losing 13 of them. The subcontinent giants have not lost a single Test series at home whilst playing under Kohli – indeed India has lost just a solitary Test match at home in the leadership of the charismatic skipper.
India was never dependent on one or two people: Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir opines that the Indian team was never dependent on just one or two people – as they showed in Australia where they won not just without Kohli, but kept losing several first-choice players to injury. The 39-year-old former batsman points out that Kohli himself has often said the same.
Virat Kohli will be back to lead the side against England in the forthcoming 4-match Test series at home. India would like to win the series and fix their position in the World Test Championship final at the Lord’s.
“India was never dependent on one or two people and Virat Kohli has said that time and time again. Yes, Virat Kohli is the leader and I am sure he is going to be as happy as the rest of the squad as well. He has done really well in Test cricket,” the former opener added.