Virat Kohli is a great batsman but yet to prove himself as captain, says former Indian cricketer

  • 1

Virat Kohli as a captain is yet to match up to Virat Kohli the batsman, feels legendary Indian batsman Gundappa Viswanath. Kohli over the past few years has asserted his dominance in world cricket as one of the best batsmen across formats. However, he is yet to prove his mettle as a leader and needs to win overseas to do so. Vishwanath, a veteran of 91 Test matches for India said there are a lot more expectations from Kohli the captain. Kohli has been enjoying a tremendous year so far with the bat. After impressing in South Africa, he finished the England Test series as the highest run-getter. Under immense pressure of delivering in the difficult English conditions, Kohli amassed a staggering 594 runs in 10 innings to burry down the criticism surrounding his batting abilities in England. He was rested for the Asia Cup 2018, which India comfortably won under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy. Kohli returned to the side in the ongoing Test series against West Indies and kicked-off his campaign in style with a brilliant century in the first Test at Rajkot. He also became the top scoring Asian captain in Test cricket on Saturday, overtaking former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq. While he continues to shatter personal records and achieve new individual milestones, Kohli is yet to prove his credentials as a captain. “He (Kohli) is doing really well, but he is yet to prove that he’s the best. He has to win a series abroad. He has come closer, a couple of times, but still he hasn’t done yet. As a batsman, he has proved in all conditions. In the recent England tour, he showed us how good can he be. There are more expectations from Kohli the captain. He is still young as a leader. But I am confident he will reach that stage one day,” said Viswanath about the expectations from Kohli – the captain. Kohli and co got off to a brilliant start in the ongoing Test series against West Indies with a staggering victory by an innings and 272 runs in the first Test.