Former Indian opening batsman Gautam Gambhir has criticised Virat Kohli, the captain. It is without a doubt that Virat Kohli is one of the best and aggressive captains as of today. Not only according to the mannerisms on the field but also his moves, not letting the opposition off the leash.
However, India’s defeat at the 2019 World Cup semi-final has raised the question of when the nation would win any ICC event.
The Men in Blue’s campaign began promisingly, including finishing as table-toppers at the group stage. It all came crashing down at the semi-final against New Zealand, and like the past few editions, India exited within one or two steps from reaching the summit.
The 2019 event was the second edition that India lost under Virat Kohli after 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. As far as Gautam Gambhir is concerned, the Indian captain has a lot to achieve as a leader despite the mountain of runs he has been scoring.
“Lots! It is a team sport. You can keep scoring your own runs. There are people like Brian Lara who have scored so many runs. There are people like Jacques Kallis who have won nothing. Virat Kohli at the moment has won nothing, to be honest as a leader. He has a lot to achieve.” Gambhir stated in the Star Sports’ Show Cricket Connected.
Till you win those big trophies, you will never be able to fulfil your entire career: Gautam Gambhir
The cricketer-turned-politician added by saying that a player can keep scoring a truckload of runs; however, their status as a player never gets fulfilled until they bag some ICC trophies. In this regard, Gautam Gambhir has won two competitions as a player, having won 2007 ICC World T20 and 2011 World Cup as a player.
He mustered half-centuries in both the finals that scripted emphatic victories under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. As far as Kohli’s record goes, he was also part of the 2011 team that lifted the World Cup and the 2013 squad that snared the Champions Trophy. Nevertheless, both of them arrived as a player.
“You can keep scoring those big runs but according to me, till you win those big trophies you will never be able to fulfil your entire career.” the 38-year old added.