Ian Chappell
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Former Australia cricketer Ian Chappell showered praise on Virat Kohli and said that the former India captain with the capable assistance of vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane lifted India to success in overseas conditions.

Kohli after relinquishing the T20I captaincy and getting sacked as ODI skipper decided to step down as India’s Test captain, earlier this month following the 2-1 Test series defeat in South Africa. He finished as the most successful captain of the Indian Test team and under him, India became the No.1 team in Test cricket.

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Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli
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Meanwhile, Chappell in his column for ESPNCricinfo wrote:

“There’s no doubt Kohli was an exception as captain; he didn’t curb his enthusiasm but he was still able to lead the Indian team to a higher level. With the capable assistance of vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, he lifted India to overseas success like no other captain had done.”

Ian Chappell
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Former Australian cricketer also pointed out one of Kohli’s great achievements and stated:

“One of Kohli’s great achievements was instilling in his team a craving for Test cricket. Despite his all-encompassing success, Kohli’s major aim was to achieve victory in the Test arena and this is where his passion really shone.”

Kohli Has A Number Of Individual Achievements, None Bigger Than The Development Of Rishabh Pant – Ian Chappell

Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli
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Chappell further added that Kohli achieved several big things during his stint as Indian captain but there is nothing bigger than the development of the wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant.

“There is no doubt that Kohli drove his men hard but it’s also apparent they enjoyed competing and wanted success. Kohli has a number of individual achievements in his resumé, none bigger than the development of Rishabh Pant as a wicketkeeper and batter. Kohli tended to get his way when it came to selection and some of his decisions in this area were a little questionable but there’s no doubting his support of Pant was a master stroke.”

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