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.
Team India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour has backed captain Virat Kohli to continue playing his drives outside off stump. However, he agreed that the skipper will need to pick the right balls to drive. Kohli got out playing loose wafts outside the off stump in both innings of the Centurion Test. The same pattern has been visible in the Indian captain’s batting for a few months now.
Team India’s head coach Rahul Dravid has heaped praise on Test captain Virat Kohli, terming him as a player who keeps evolving and pushing himself. Kohli will lead India in the three-match Test series, which will begin with the first match at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.