Virender Sehwag has said India skipper Virat Kohli will be one of the best captains for India in the time to come.
Kohli’s transformation as skipper has been as stunning as his transformation as the best batsmen in the world. That Kohli is a captaincy material was very much clear when he led India to the Under-19 World Cup in 2008. However, not many had predicted such instant success for him.
Kohli was given the task of filling the huge void left by MS Dhoni, India’s most successful captain across formats. And Kohli has exceeded all the expectations. In jus over two years after taking the Test captaincy, he has become India’s second-most successful skipper.
The win in the third Test against England helped Kohli register his 22nd win as captain in Test cricket. He thus went past Sourav Ganguly’s tally of 21 wins to become the second-most successful captain for India. Dhoni, with 27 wins from 60 Tests as captain leads the list.
Even in ODIs and T20Is, he has impressed as skipper. He has led the team to T20I series wins in South Africa and England. He also led India to a historic ODI series win in South Africa earlier this year. Last year, he had led the team to the final of the ICC Champions Trophy.
And Sehwag feels Kohli is well on his way to become one of the best India captains.
“No skipper constantly thinks about the number of matches he has won during his captaincy. Our work as a captain is to play well and guide the team to the victory,” Sehwag told IndiaTV.
“As captain, Kohli’s performance is above par and he has improved in batting as well. He’ll be one of the best India captains in the time to come. There’s no doubt about that,” he added.
Following a 203-run win in the third Test in Nottingham, India will take on England in the fourth Test in Southampton. India need to win the game at any cost to keep alive their hopes of winning the series.
Besides eyeing a win in the fourth Test, Kohli will look to surpass Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 6000 Test runs. Second fastest Indian after former captain Sunil Gavaskar, Tendulkar completed 6000 Test runs in 120 innings. Kohli already has 5994 to his name in 118 innings.
And Sehwag is confident Kohli will surpass Tendulkar’s feat in Southampton.
“I am confident that he’ll achieve this feat in his next innings. However, the scoring rate comes down after scoring this much runs as initially you play fearless cricket and score quick runs, things become difficult after a while because bowlers start to know you better and age factor also come in,” he said.