Kohli’s leadership abilities and performance have been questioned after India lost the World Cup Final to Kane Williamson’s New Zealand by 8 wickets in Southampton. It was the third ICC tournament in which India failed to win under his leadership. However, in all of the ICC events he captained, India finished first in the league stage. 

Virat Kohli after the lose of recently concluded WTC

When the team fails to play well in knockout matches, detractors begin to blame Kohli for the defeat, and they forget about the league stage. 

Virat is also captaining effectively in the knockout rounds. Due to the pressure and expectations, our players play false shots and get out quickly, which is the reason why we aren’t winning in the knockout matches.

The bowling department and field placements are excellently managed by Virat Kohli. As a captain, he is sincere in his work. In batting, if Kohli fails other players should be responsible and all are to be blamed for batting collapse and not just Virat. Kohli motivates the whole team, gives advice, cheers them up, boosts them, and is up to the individual performing at the crease and Captain cannot do anything rather than motivating him and giving advice. Due to the losses in these knockout matches, people start criticizing him and abusing him.

The people ask to change the captaincy and give it to Rohit Sharma who has won five IPL trophies (IPL is completely different from the International setup) and an Asia cup. But how will such a performing captain be changed, who has a better winning percentage than Dhoni?

Most matches as captain
MS Dhoni2007-20182001107451159.52
M Azharuddin1990-199917490762654.16
SC Ganguly1999-200514676650553.90
V Kohli2013-20219565271270.43
RG Sharma2017-201910820080.00

Dhoni won ICC trophies in the initial phase of his captaincy and we will believe that Kohli will win ICC trophies in the ending phase of his captaincy. Virat has led the team only to 3 ICC tournaments as a captain, and let’s be confident that he wins the upcoming ICC events. The upcoming T20 World Cup is the greatest point to prove for Virat Kohli as a captain.

If India plays stable and good cricket in knockout matches we can win. The team should address the shortcomings and compliment each other effectively to come back stronger in the upcoming T20I World Cup to be held in Dubai.

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