The current captain of the Indian cricket team Virat Kohli is counted among the best batsmen in the world at this time. Kohli is at the peak of his career and has scored 43 centuries in ODIs and 27 in Tests so far.
At the same time, in the ODI format, he has also crossed the 11000 run mark. In such a situation, many cricket veterans believe that Kohli may soon break Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 100 centuries.
However, apart from these, former Indian opener batsman Gautam Gambhir believes that Virat Kohli has failed as a captain so far. Gambhir believes that Virat Kohli is a great player personally but as a captain, he has so far failed.
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Gambhir said in the Star Sports show Cricket Connected,
“You can keep scoring your own runs. There are people like Brian Lara who’s got so many runs. People like Jacques Kallis who have won nothing, Virat Kohli, at the moment, has won nothing to be honest, as a leader. He has a lot to achieve.”
“You can keep scoring those big runs but according to me, till you win those big trophies you will never be able to fulfill your entire career,” Gambhir added.
Virat Kohli is different from other players
During this, Gambhir said that Kohli has to understand that all the players in the team have different abilities and they can use them accordingly to achieve success for the team.
“He’s different from the rest. Probably a lot of other people might not have the same ability that Virat Kohli has. As a leader, the most important quality which he needs to have is start taking players as they are. Don’t compare them, or don’t compare their intensity to his intensity. Because every individual is different”
“Mohammed Shami can never be Jasprit Bumrah. Or Ishant Sharma can never be Jasprit Bumrah. Or KL Rahul can never be Virat Kohli. For that matter, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, all these guys probably can never match to Virat Kohli’s intensity, and talent as well,” he added.
“But how to get the best out of them, and figuring out those situations will help him, and prepare him the best for the world titles, and that is only when they can actually win it,”
Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, the Indian team has participated in two big ICC tournaments in the last three years. India played the 2017 Champions Trophy and 2019 World Cup under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. In both these tournaments, the Indian team has been knocked out of the knockout stage.
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