Former India batsman, VVS Laxman feels that Virat Kohli is still a ‘work in progress’ as far as his captaincy is concerned. He suggests a couple of aspects on which the Indian skipper can get better.
Virat Kohli over the past has come under heavy scrutiny as a captain. Under the Delhi-born, India lost the Champions Trophy 2017 final against Pakistan and the 2019 World Cup semi-final versus New Zealand – two matches in which the men in blue started as firm favourites.
VVS Laxman opined that Virat Kohli needs to more aggressive while setting the field. He has observed that Kohli sometimes becomes too defensive with his fields and tries to stop runs instead of looking to take wickets.
Speaking to Star Sports, VVS Laxman said, “There’s still work-in-progress as far as captaincy is concerned. Couple of things I think Virat Kohli can improve. There were certain times when I felt that he becomes a little defensive, especially with his field changes.”
Virat Kohli has been criticized heavily for making changes in the eleven after a loss and not giving enough chances to fringe players. The 46-year-old resounds the same as he believes that a player needs the security of a place in the eleven and stability of his position in the line-up.
“The second thing is chopping and changing the playing 11. With experience, I can say that any player, whether experienced or a newcomer, wants that stability, security so that he can focus on performing to the best of his abilities for the team. That’s something which Virat Kohli can definitely improve on,” the former batsman added.
Virat Kohli will miss out from three Test matches against Australia
India lost the ODI series to Australia but bounced back to win the T20I series. The action finally moves to the highly-anticipated Test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. However, the Indian team has suffered a major blow as captain and star batsman, Virat Kohli has pulled out from the last three Test matches.
The 32-year-old will leave for home after the first Test in Adelaide to attend the birth of his child with his wife and Bollywood actress, Anushka Sharma. His deputy, Ajinkya Rahane will lead the side in his absence for the following Tests in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.