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Why Virat Kohli is not the perfect captain, according to this Indian cricket legend

Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar thinks that there is room for improvement in Virat Kohli’s captaincy. Kohli has won five back-to-back Test series as skipper of Indian cricket team

cricket Updated: Dec 14, 2016 22:58 IST
Virat Kohli,Sunil Gavaskar,Sachin Tendulkar

At a time when the cricket world is going gaga over how India Test skipper Virat Kohli is turning into the latest man with the Midas touch, former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar told NDTV there is room for improvement in the 28-year-old’s captaincy.

“I would give Virat Kohli’s captaincy a 7 to 7.5 on a scale of 10. There are certain areas of improvement. He is just about a couple of years in the job and there are things he is still learning,” Gavaskar said.

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The former India skipper further said that he did not believe there is anything like a perfect innings, or a perfect spell.

Virat Kohli’s double hundred in Mumbai Test was the closest thing to perfection, says Gavaskar (Reuters)

“There is no such thing as a perfect cricketer, a perfect batsman, a perfect bowler… Virat’s double hundred in Mumbai was one of the closest thing to perfection that I have seen.

“There were some knocks by Sachin Tendulkar which were close to perfection, Rahul Dravid’s double hundred in Adelaide was something that was close to a perfect knock,” Gavaskar said.

“But the greatest thing Virat shows in his captaincy is he leads by example. His performance and energy in the field helps lift his teammates. That’s a great quality for a skipper to have,” Sunil Gavaskar added.

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Virat Kohli has scored a whopping 640 runs in the four Tests of the ongoing series against England at an average of 128 and in Mumbai notched up his third double century of the year.

India, ranked No. 1 in the ICC Test rankings, have already won the England series 3-0 with one Test to spare and completed their fifth Test series win on the trot.

Ravi Shastri, who was India team director when Virat was handed Test captaincy, wrote in his column in a leading daily: “There is something I find absolutely irresistible in him (Virat). A human mind usually has an image of its utmost range; the fence beyond which it cannot scale. It’s like swimming against the current. You know you can’t do it.

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“Now here is our man who first overrides Pujara’s shock, the wobble of the middle and look for a kind of lead which really is in the realm of fantasy. Who would’ve thought of four centuries in one season in T20 or three Test double hundreds in six months? Kohli is in a zone of his own and leaving us enthralled.”

‘Virat Kohli, most watchable’

The England cricket team failed to show grace in defeat but former England all-rounder Derek Pringle, felt Virat Kohli is the “most watchable player since Shane Warne”.

Pringle wrote in the Independent: “Like a young Marlon Brando or Jack Nicholson, Kohli tends to steal every scene in which he appears. One of those people who crackles with electricity and pent up energy, even his fidgeting, in which he unzips the velcro of his right glove before every ball he faces, is done with the flourish of the consummate showman. Here, you sense, is a man who gives a performances even during sleep.”

First Published: Dec 14, 2016 15:31 IST