Team India skipper Virat Kohli has had a mixed bag of reactions so far for his leadership qualities. While many highlights his poor record with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, Kohli enjoys good statistics with the national team. Out of bound India spinner, Harbhajan Singh also backed the talismanic batsman calling him the best captain in the world right now.
Kohli became the second Indian to lead his country in more than 50 Test matches after MS Dhoni. Virat Kohli also has the record of the most wins (29) among Indians overtaking MS Dhoni (27). Only Steve Waugh (36) and Ricky Ponting (34) had more wins than Virat Kohli’s 29 after first 49 Tests.
Despite boasting a strong record, Kohli has been under the scanner for his on-field decisions. Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir has also claimed that Virat Kohli’s success is due to the presence of Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni in the team.
But, Harbhajan Singh denied all those rumours calling him the best skipper in the world currently. The off-spinner also said he is doing a great job as a leader which is evident from his records in Australia and other parts of the world.
“If you see Virat’s (captaincy) record, he has won more number of matches than any other (Indian) captain. There are only a few other names (international captains) who have won more Tests than him. So he must be doing something better than others,” Harbhajan told India Today.
“Whether people like it or not that’s their opinion. In my opinion, he is doing a great job for India as a leader, showing how to win games not just in India but overseas too. The way he handled pressure in Australia, was remarkable. There were lot of expectations on him not just as a captain but also as a batsman, and he came out like a champion,” he added.
Furthermore, Harbhajan Singh believes Virat Kohli will achieve more milestones in the coming days and will go down as one of the best leaders in history. Kohli; meanwhile, will be eyeing the World T20 next year after failing to win the ICC World Cup 2019 in England.
“I hope he achieves the milestones, he has set for himself. He wants to be the best captain in the world and in my opinion he is the best,” he concluded.