Ever since Virat Kohli has taken the captaincy reins, he has earned the tag of being “decent captain” but still he failed to take the team to the final of the ICC World Cup 2019. His job was quite difficult as he had to fill in the shoes of MS Dhoni.
The fact that Kohli never shies away from asking Dhoni for advice during the matches while positioning himself at the boundary. But at the beginning of the 2019 edition of the World Cup, it felt as if Kohli was controlling the game and freed himself from being called a dependent captain.
Maintaining his spot as the best batsman in the modern-day cricket, Kohli’s decision making as the captain, felt apt and logical, especially with the way in which he managed the overs of the bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya in crunch situations. Everything was well and good until the semifinal against New Zealand.
Inability to show flexibility in the batting order, getting inexperienced batsmen like Rishabh Pant and Pandya under pressure early on, sending Dinesh Karthik above Dhoni, and not allowing Mohammed Shami (one of India’s most successful bowlers at WC 2019) to play in the game, everything accumulated into a serious blunder at the hands of the skipper.
The absence of emotional support for players like Ravindra Jadeja, only adds to the column of ‘cons’ when thinking about Kohli as the leader of the team in the future. On the other hand, it was Rohit Sharma was seen backing Jadeja and cheered him on from the balcony of India’s dressing room.
Not only that, but Sharma’s brilliant form that allowed him to score a record five centuries in one World Cup edition also shows his capability of enduring pressure under difficult circumstances in limited-overs cricket. The fact that Rohit is already a deputy to Kohli and has been doing a fabulous job as the skipper in the absence of Kohli also helps make a great case for him to become the permanent ODI captain.