While Virat Kohli is yet to lead India to triumph in an ICC tournament, he is certainly one of the country’s most successful captains. There were a lot of apprehensions when he took charge of the Test team in 2015 but it did not take long for Virat Kohli to prove himself as captain.
Under him, India remained at the top of ICC Test rankings for more than three years and have also delivered consistently in ODIs and T20Is. Under Virat Kohli, India won their first-ever Test and ODI series in Australia in 2018-19 season and also won ODI series in South Africa and New Zealand.
As far as his record in ICC tournaments is concerned, he led India to the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy and the semifinal of last year’s World Cup. And his failure to guide India to triumph in the ICC tournaments has invited criticism from several quarters. He has also faced criticism for his knack of constantly experimenting with the playing eleven.
Mohammad Kaif on Virat Kohli’s captaincy:
Former India batsman Mohammad Kaif recently spoke about Virat Kohli’s captaincy and he too was critical of the latter’s love for constant rotations in the team. Kaif lamented the fact the Rishabh Pant has been made to carry water bottles for the team instead of playing regular cricket. Kaif said that Kohli could be India’s most successful captain if he backs Pant.
“He should focus and back his team selection. If any player loses his form for some matches, still he should support them. Kohli should be looking to make players. Then only he can create a good team,” Kaif was quoted as saying by News18.
“Even for the Wicket keeping role, they are shuffling many players. India needs a permanent specialist wicket-keeper. KL Rahul can be a backup wicket-keeper but I don’t think he should be the main one.
“If you want to support Rishabh Pant over Dhoni, then Kohli should back him. He should not be the water boy of the team. Kohli and his team should overcome this hurdle. If it is so, Kohli will be the most successful captain when he retires,” he added.
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