The Indian Cricket Team have lost two consecutive ODI matches against Australia recently and lost to New Zealand 3-0 before lockdown. These events have led to a question on Virat’s captaincy, as his team is looking clueless in how to stop the Aussies, which may result in yet another whitewash.
Media and fans have been eyeing towards star batsmen, and Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma as he led his team to win two consecutive IPL titles. Kohli has a tremendous record in scoring runs and also in winning matches for his team, he has done well in white-ball captaincy, but questions started to be raised since his team lost in the Semifinal of the World Cup 2019.
Recently ex-Indian cricket team player Gautam Gambhir commented, “I cannot understand Kohli’s captaincy, to be honest. If you stop your premier fast bowler just by bowling two overs upfront with the news, I can’t understand that kind of captaincy. I probably can’t even explain that captaincy. It is not T20 cricket. I probably can’t understand the reason to be honest because that was poor captaincy”. Gambhir has been slamming Kohli’s captaincy since Rohit won the IPL, as he thinks that if we select players in Indian team based on the performance of IPL, then why can’t we choose captains based on IPL??
Gambhir continued by saying that, “Virat is not a bad captain, but the discussion here is, who is a better captain and that is Rohit Sharma! And not just better, the difference between them is huge.” Obviously, Virat is not a bad option he has shown it across all formats earlier; it’s just that how will the selectors secure team India’s future.
Some other good options for future other than Rohit can be KL Rahul who is recently the captain of Kings XI Punjab and Shreyas Iyer who is the captain of Delhi Capitals in the IPL.
They both have performed well individually and also as a leader, Iyer led his team to their maiden IPL final this year against giants Mumbai.
Rohit still remains the vice-captain of ODI and T20, and whenever he took charge in Kohli’s absence, he has been very successful.
Rohit Sharma record as captain: 10 ODI matches (8 won, 2 lost); 19 T20 games (14 won, 5 lost)
If team India loses the next T20 series against the Kangaroos, this issue will surely inflate! But for now, let the selectors worry about this issue and have faith In Virat Kohli as he still has a lot to prove.