India captain Virat Kohli is capable enough to lead the team across formats – believes VVS Laxman.
Former India player VVS Laxman recently said that Virat Kohli should remain captain for India in all three formats. However, the debate regarding split captaincy started when the team won the Test series in Australia under Ajinkya Rahane’s leadership in the absence of Kohli.
On the other hand, many thought Rohit Sharma should lead the team in the shortest format. However, all those voices have died down since the team won the Test series 3-1 against England at home. Laxman further added that Virat Kohli is one of those players who can perform in every format, and the discussion on the split captaincy for India wouldn’t make sense as well.
“I have always felt that as long as your captain is not burdened by captaincy and he is someone who enjoys the responsibility without compromising his performances, in this case, Virat the batsman, it should be the same captain for all the formats if he is regular in all the three formats,” Laxman said to the News 18.
“Ultimately, it is Kohli who has defined this team” – VVS Laxman on Virat Kohli
“In England, the split captaincy works because Joe Root is not a regular in white-ball cricket, or Eoin Morgan is not a Test player. If a captain is all three formats players and on top of that, a performer, it should be one captain,” he again shared.
“This debate or discussion does not make sense at all. Ultimately, it is Kohli who has defined this team. His positivity, his work ethic have inspired the Indian team and an entire generation of Indian cricketer to become very professional about the game,” he expressed.
“Virat is very fortunate to have seniors in the form of Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Ashwin, and also Ishant and Bumrah in the fast bowling unit, to form a core group,” he concluded.
Both India and England are playing the five-match T20I series, standing at 1-1 with three games in hand. The will next play on March 16. After the completion of the five T20Is, they will take on each other in a three-match ODI series in Pune as well.