The Indian skipper is currently regarded as one of the best players in world cricket right now, and some believe he is the greatest ODI player to have ever played the game. He started his career way back in 2008 on the back of victory in the U19 World Cup as the skipper, also held in 2008. Since then, he has played some fine knocks which have seen his career grow higher and higher. Let’s have a look at his top five.
India’s domestic cricket legend Rajinder Goel, often referred to as one of ‘India’s nearly men’, died on Sunday after a prolonged illness. Goel was 77. A left-arm spinner, Goel picked up a massive 750 first-class wickets in a career that spanned two and a half decades
Indian captain Virat Kohli may be rated by many as the best batsman in the world today. He averages over 50 in all three formats of the game with 43 ODI tons and 27 in Tests. Most cricket pundits admit that the 31-year-old has the best chance of breaking Sachin Tendulkar's record of 100 international hundreds.
Former England captain Nasser Hussain is of the view that split captaincy will not work for Indian cricket at present since Virat Kohli is such an ‘imposing character’. However, he does admit that split coaching might not be a bad idea. Former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh also backed Hussain on the issue of split captaincy as he is unsure how one coach can deal with players having varied mindsets.
Former India pace bowler Ashish Nehra feels that Indian captain Virat Kohli should have refrained from stating that 'ODIs are not important' after the series loss in New Zealand. It may be recalled while India whitewashed the Kiwis in the T20Is, the failed to win a single match in the ODI series and Tests that followed.
Indian captain Virat Kohli and former South African batsman AB de Villiers have been the cornerstone of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) over the last few years. As a result, the duo has built up a good rapport as teammates as well. In an Instagram chat on Friday, they discussed various things -- from the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic to their experience of playing for RCB.
Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami on Friday stated that even the best batsmen in the business have flaws, and that he has his own plans when it comes to dismissing skipper Virat Kohli. Shami added that he is well aware of his captain’s strengths and weaknesses having spent so much time with him.
Indian legend VVS Laxman is not too impressed with former Australian captain Michael Clarke’s claims that Australian cricketers ‘sucked up’ to India captain Virat Kohli and went soft on him as they wanted to protect their IPL contracts. Contradicting Clarke, Laxman stated that being nice does not guarantee any player a place in an IPL franchise, and that much more needs to be done to earn the big bucks.