Indian skipper Virat Kohli might have sustained the No.1 Test ranking for two successive years and has his team at the top of the ODI rankings as well but he is yet to win the vote of trust from the legendary Indian skipper Bishan Singh Bedi. The former cricketer said that Kohli’s real test as skipper is yet to come.
Bedi acknowledged that the team is able to get the results they’d want and the Kohli is leading them from the front as a batsman. However, Bedi wants him to be on par strategically with guys like former Australian skipper Steve Waugh and former England skipper Michael Brearley.
As quoted in Firstpost, Mr. Bishan said, “Let me be very honest. He is leading from the front as a batsman. The team is showing results. You talk about [former Australia captain] Steve Waugh, you talk about [former England captain] Michael Brearley. [They were] real thinkers of the game. He is yet to leave that impact. I want him to show that. He has not been tested yet.”
The legend also admires Kohli’s persistence and passion, in fact, his energy is frighteningly high for Bedi. He said, “Kohli is phenomenal with his consistency. What I admire more about him is his intensity. He is very intense. He is frighteningly intense.”
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Kohli’s focus is on the tours of England and Australia where the Men in Blue will play five and four Tests respectively. They set out for the English challenge soon after the conclusion of the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League. The team will play three T20Is and as many ODIs before the Test series in England.
Talking about the same, Bedi said, “England is long, five Test matches. And Australia is four Test matches. Plus they will have exhausted a fair amount of their energies in the IPL (Indian Premier League).”