Virat Kohli, India’s captain, announced his decision to quit the Test leadership on Saturday. While the news has come as a shock to the cricketing world, the key issue now is who will be the future captain of Team India in Test matches. Sunil Gavaskar, a famous Indian cricketer, believes Rishabh Pant to lead the squad in the longer format.
Sunny Gavaskar tells me on @IndiaToday: “If it were up to me, I would make Rishabh Pant the next test captain”,” writes veteran journalist Nikhil Naz.
Suresh Raina, a former Indian cricketer, appears to agree with the suggestion, writing in response to the previous tweet, “Very excellent concept @NikhilNaz bhai!” I agree with Sunny Bhai that he would make an excellent captain.”
Arun Dhumal, the treasurer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has affirmed that Virat Kohli is without a doubt the most successful Indian captain, adding that Indian cricket would continue to develop under his leadership and batting talents. Dhumal’s comments came after India’s Test skipper, Virat Kohli, stood down after seven years in charge.
Arun Dhumal said that Kohli could have continued Test captaincy for another two three years. As per the quotes in News18, he said, “Virat Kohli had no pressure from the BCCI or selectors to step down. It’s his decision and we respect that, but he could have carried on for another two to three years as captain.”
Virat Kohli captained Team India in 68 Tests, winning 40 of them, the most by any Indian captain. In Test cricket, only Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting, and Steve Waugh have won more matches as captain than Kohli. Kohli took charge of the team for the first time in a Test match against Australia in 2014.
It would be difficult to fill MS Dhoni’s shoes, but Virat Kohli led the team from the front and immediately established himself as one of the country’s top thinkers in the longest version of the game. Kohli’s batsmanship was also enhanced by the leadership, with the batsman scoring seven double-centuries in Test cricket. Kohli also holds the record for most Test hundreds (20) while captaining India.