Former India cricketer, Deep Dasgupta has voiced his opinions on the debate of whether Ajinkya Rahane should be given the Test captaincy reins replacing Virat Kohli. Rahane led the Indian team to a historic victory in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne against Australia after Virat Kohli returned home to attend the birth of his child.
Post the humbling loss in Adelaide, very few would have given the Indian side a chance to make even a positive comeback, let alone win the Test match. However, Ajinkya Rahane, leading from the front with a memorable century, pulled the team out of the abyss of 36 all out and levelled the series. Rahane keeps his 100 per cent record as the captain of India- he has led the country in 3 Tests and India has won all three.
People have a problem with Kohli’s expressive attitude: Deep Dasgupta
Deep Dasgupta feels that there is no need to change the captaincy. He credits Rahane for the victory in Melbourne but Dasgupta opines that Virat Kohli too hasn’t done anything wrong as a Test captain. He believes that people don’t like Virat Kohli for his in-your-face attitude, and prefer a gentle soft-spoken leader like Rahane.
Speaking to India Today, Deep Dasgupta said, “I am taking nothing away from him (Rahane) but it’s just one Test match. Other leaders in the team like R Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah also stepped up. Let’s hold on to our horses as Virat Kohli hasn’t done anything wrong either. It seems like people have a problem with the way he expresses himself but that’s the way he is.”
The 43-year-old points out that Kohli is the same captain who led India to its first-ever Test series victory in Australia a couple of years ago along with keeping the team at the top of ICC Test rankings for a long time.
The cricketer-turned-commentator defends the criticism of Kohli for India getting bowled out for 36 in the second innings in Adelaide. Dasgupta asserts that it was one bad session for India and there isn’t much a captain can do when it comes to the batting of other batsmen.
“Kohli is the same captain under whom the Indian team won in Australia back in 2018-19. India was the No. 1 Test side for a very long time under his leadership. It’s good for Indian cricket that they have so many leaders, but it’s just one good win doesn’t. Even in Adelaide, the Indian team played well and was on top of Australia except for that one session where the team went through a batting debacle. In terms of batting, a captain can’t do much,” the former wicket-keeper added.