With the Indian Premier League (IPL) done and dusted now, the focus has shifted to the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. But the hangover of another exciting season of IPL is still there with the players and the cricket lover, and one cannot stop talking about it. And the marquee event in two weeks time, there are question marks over Virat Kohli‘s ability to lead the Indian National Cricket Team. Kohli had a very poor outing in IPL as the Royal Challengers Bangalore as they were the first team to bow out of the tournament. Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir also spoke on the same lines saying that MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma are way ahead of Virat Kohli when it comes to captaincy.
Can’t compare Kohli with Dhoni and Rohit: Gambhir
While Rohit and Dhoni have won four and three Indian Premier League (IPL) titles respectively, Kohli has led his side to the final just once in 2016. There are no questions about MS Dhoni’s calibre and on the other hand, Rohit Sharma is coming up the ranks very quickly. He has led the Mumbai Indians very well and also showed his leadership abilities during his stint as the Indian skipper. Gautam Gambhir also feels Virat Kohli is nowhere near Dhoni and Rohit when it comes to captaincy. The former southpaw also added Rohit is likely the best candidate to take over from the incumbent skipper.
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“I think he (Rohit) is probably right up there. He has won four IPL trophies and if you talk about IPL cricket, he is the most successful captain. He captained the team in Asia Cup and won it so he is probably next to Virat Kohli,” Gambhir said to ESPN Cricinfo.
Furthermore, Gautam Gambhir added that Virat Kohli stands nowhere in front of them in terms of captaincy. The presence of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli will be of massive advantage for Kohli in the upcoming ICC World Cup. The trio will work together to bring the third IPL trophy home when India begin their World Cup campaign on June 5 against South Africa.
“And I have always maintained that you cannot compare Virat Kohli to Rohit Sharma or MS Dhoni. They are four-time and three-time champions (in the IPL) and you haven’t won the IPL. So from the captaincy point of view, you can’t compare them,” he concluded.