We count on the days and we add on the woes to the present form of Virat Kohli, Yes, it has been more than 630 days since Kohli hit a century. It has become a hype after Kohli’s back-to-back hundreds that he is going for another one, where now people on various platforms have just put on their opinions in the worst way to put it on an end that Kohli is no more the same Kohli, what he was before.
Though the year still has not passed by and the last year was also not very fruitful for Virat Kohli in any format. While being the captain he needs to step up in a better way and be a match-winner most of the time.
While this year’s stats are enough to talk about his recent form
In the home series against the English Boys and then one-off the World Test Championship Final, he played a total of nine innings and the world-class batsmen who played with an average of above 50 in tests, is now just touching the half-way mark. The form he is in has got more deep trench to it after the most recent happening as he threw away his wicket to James Anderson, who could not get him out from the past 6 years but eventually in the first test on the first ball he knocked him off.
The only series came out to be before IPL when the English side tours India in Feb-March. The three matches one-day was the time when Kohli was about to break that jinx but and very poor lofted shot off M.Ali sent him packing. The dot percent and the average concern the ODI form as well while things have to be sorted out soon to be the best as he was.
T20I and Twenty-20 i.e IPL was the format he played back to back but the 5 T20i’s against England was the right way to get his form back. Adding to this, the series had many debutants and Kohli’s was not much into the limelight back then after some good knocks from Ishan Kishan and Surya Kumar Yadav took the cricket fans by storm. The highest of 80 was hit sublimely and Kohli had things going in a flow after a short span IPL began which is standstill on a halfway note and is to be continued soon in September in UAE.
Kohli is a king of all formats and has a good stance and capability of scoring anytime and sending the ball to anywhere in the stands. He is doing good but is giving very short aid to the team on the various occasions which is a big loss as everyone expects from him because he is the Captain of the team and a World Class Batsman as well.
To the latest ranking in all three formats, Kohli stands at No.2 spot in the ODI rankings, No.5 in the TEST rankings (No.4 to No.5), and stands still at No.5 in the T20I rankings as of now.
Kohli, Captain of all three formats!?
While the form he has carried in his past few months and a year along with this adding all his ICC events that the Captain played in, the big thing is no major trophy for the Indian Cricket Team has come home. Kohli captained team India which played WTC Final and anyhow they lost where the match could be drawn after a poor overall performance. Came too far but still close to a win, the trophy remains away to the opponents.
Everyone connected to the game started giving their mixed opinions as to who should be the captain after the loss at the World cup 2019 loss in the semifinal. Many suggested the method of split captaincy which is practiced by almost all the other teams. Let Kohli remain the captain in the test format and Rohit take over the limited-overs, this was the conclusion as per the majority of the people’s opinion as things were not going well.
The captaincy skills of Rohit Sharma came into light after he helped Mumbai Indians lift the IPL trophy in 2013 for the first time and since then has helped them win it a total of 5 times out of 8 after taking over while Kohli hasn’t won it for RCB once till now.
Although, Virat’s captaincy has been nothing short of extraordinary, at least on the international level. Taking over from MS Dhoni in late 2014 in tests and in early 2017 in the limited-overs format, Virat has revolutionized the team since then and has also taken the fitness level of the team to a whole new level. Team India’s fielding has improved a lot since then and often are said to be the best fielding team in the world. Virat has been receiving all the praise for such a drastic change, also whilst performing on a personal level. He’s led the team to glory in the 2018-19 Border-Gavaskar series, carried the team to the Finals of 2017 Champions Trophy, 2019 World Cup semi-finals, 2021 World Test Championship Finals, and many other victories on home soil and away. However, his captaincy has been heavily criticized just because he hasn’t been able to deliver an ICC trophy for the team in 4 years despite coming so close to winning it a couple of times.
Now two years down the line since this debate started. Nothing has changed, Virat is still the captain in all three formats for the nation as Team India heads onto the 5 match test series against England, which is the inaugural test series for the 2021-23 World Test Championship.
So, as of now, team India should give split captaincy a chance after the T20 World Cup outcome which is to be held in October.