Virat Kohli has been under the scanner since India lost their first two games in Group 2 of the T20 World Cup.
India suffered back to back loss against Pakistan and New Zealand after losing the toss and being asked to bat on both occasions.
Indian batters struggled to post a competitive score in both the games and didn’t pick enough wickets with the ball to justify the tag of being favourites to win the tournament.
People will always criticise Virat Kohli as a leader: Monty Panesar
Kohli was highly criticised for pushing Indian opener Rohit Sharma to bat at No.3 and allowing Ishan Kishan to open against New Zealand.
The move failed because Kishan couldn’t score enough runs at the top and got dismissed for just four runs.
Former England, spinner Monty Panesar, said that Kohli will face the criticism as a leader because he didn’t do enough to get the team out of crisis.
“People will remember Virat as a great batsman and massive chaser but will always criticise him as a leader because he couldn’t do anything when the team was under crisis and he failed to turn it around,” Panesar was quoted as saying by Times of India.
India can still qualify: Monty Panesar
India won their third game against Afghanistan by 66 runs on Wednesday to keep their slender hopes of qualifying in the semifinals alive.
Panesar believes that India can still go through the knockout stage if Kohli, along with head coach Ravi Shastri and mentor MS Dhoni, work together with a sharp gameplan.
“India can still qualify. They can still turn it around. But it needs a lot of things and all will depend on Virat, Ravi, and Dhoni. Virat, Ravi, and Dhoni need to be on the same page. I believe they are not,” Panesar mentioned.
India will next play against Scotland on Friday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.