Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh reckons that Virat Kohli is definitely feeling the pressure of all that he has gone through over the last few months. Kohli resigned from T20 and Test captaincy and, in between, he was sacked as ODI captain as the BCCI wanted only one captain for white-ball cricket. As a result, for the first time after many years, he stepped on to the field as a pure batter. According to Harbhajan, the controversy surrounding him and BCCI as well as his form definitely seems to have impacted him.
It has been a little over 24 hours since Virat Kohli shocked the entire cricket fraternity by announcing his decision to step down as the test skipper of the Indian cricket team. Still, reactions from past and present cricketers keep pouring in, both congratulating him for a successful tenure as well as expressing their surprise over the bolt from blue they received on a fine Saturday evening. And why not, we are talking about one of the finest ever captains in the longest format.
A day after India lost the Test series to South Africa following a seven-wicket defeat in Cape Town, Virat Kohli quit as the team’s Test captain. The Test series against an inexperienced Proteas outfit was seen by many as India’s best chance to win a Test series in South Africa. However, while India won in Centurion, they went down in Johannesburg and failed to get their act right at Newlands as well.
India Test captain Virat Kohli refused to divulge anything about the future of struggling senior batters Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane following India’s 2-1 series loss to South Africa on Friday. Asked about what would happen to the two now that they have failed in another series, Kohli stated that it will be the selectors who will take the call.
Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has praised captain Virat Kohli, stating that he always backs the bowlers and encourages them. Bumrah also added that Kohli’s presence brings a lot of energy to the side. The 28-year-old fast bowler was India’s star performer on Wednesday. He claimed 5 for 42 in South Africa’s first innings in the Cape Town Test. The Proteas were bowled out for 210 as India gained a slender 13-run lead
India batting coach Vikram Rathour has stated that, with a bit more luck, captain Virat Kohli could have converted his half-century on Day 1 of the Cape Town Test into a big innings. Rathour hailed Kohli for showing great discipline during his knock of 79 on Tuesday, which was the second slowest Test fifty of his career.
Team India’s Test skipper Virat Kohli, who has been struggling for big runs for over two years, has underplayed the criticism surrounding him, pointing out that he has made key contributions for the team in the same period. Kohli’s last Test hundred, as has been widely reported by now, came in November 2019. During the same period, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have also struggled for consistency, meaning India’s middle-order has been on thin ice.
Team India head coach Rahul Dravid has asserted that Test captain Virat Kohli has remained motivated and committed as ever despite all the controversy surrounding him. Ahead of the South Africa tour, Kohli had contradicted BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, claiming he had not been asked to stay on as T20I captain. Recently, though, Chairman of Selectors Chetan Sharma backed Ganguly and said that all the selectors had requested Kohli to reconsider his decision.
BCCI’s Chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma has finally opened up on the controversy surrounding Virat Kohli’s captaincy issue. Contracting Kohli’s claim, Sharma asserted that everyone in the selection meeting had requested Kohli to continue as T20I captain after the announced that he wanted to quit. Kohli had alleged that nothing of that sort happened during an explosive press conference ahead of the South Africa tour.