Former India batsman Suresh Raina has provided his take on Virat Kohli and his captaincy. He believes that the skipper needs to be given a bit more time. Raina says that Virat Kohli is one of the finest captains India has ever seen. However, he says that it’s too early to pass any judgment on his achievements.
After India lost the WTC Final questions were raised on the captaincy of Kohli. Under Kohli, India have come close thrice to lift an ICC Trophy- The Champions Trophy in 2017, the 2019 World Cup, and most recently, the WTC final – but have stumbled at the final hurdle. With three consecutive World Cups lined up, Raina is confident that Kohli and India will get their hands on at least one ICC trophy.
Kohli needs more time as a captain: Raina
“I think he has been the No. 1 captain. His record proves that he has achieved a lot. I think he is the No. 1 batsman in the world. You’re talking about an ICC trophy but he hasn’t even won an IPL yet. I feel that he needs to be given some time. There are 2-3 World Cups taking place one after the other – two T20 World Cups and then the 50-over World Cup. It’s not easy to reach the final – sometimes you miss out on a few things,” Raina told News24 Sports.
Having said that, Raina did point out that India lost the WTC final, not due to conditions but because the batsmen could not perform. “The WTC final was one such example. People said it was because of the conditions but I feel there was something lacking in batting. The bigger batsmen will have to stitch partnerships and take responsibilities,” he added.
“We are not chokers, because we already have the 1983 World Cup, 2007 T20 World Cup the then 50-over World Cup in 2011. We need to understand that players are training hard. With three World Cups approaching, I don’t think anyone will call them chokers,” Raina said.
Kohli, despite being one of the brightest stars in all formats of the game, is yet to win an ICC tournament as captain. Though his winning percentage is better than legendary captains like MS Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly, his shelf is still waiting for an ICC trophy.