Kohli led Indian team to victory in overseas grounds: Chappell

Sydney: Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell believes that Virat Kohli has led India to success on foreign grounds, taking the team to new heights. He said that Kohli’s big focus was to change the history of Test cricket. Kohli stepped down as Test captain in January, after India lost the three-match series 2–1 to South Africa.

The 33-year-old went on to become India’s most successful Test captain, leading the team in 68 Tests, winning 40, losing 17 and drawing 11 matches.

Under his leadership, India achieved a historic Test series win over Australia in 2018/19 and went on to lead 2-1 in England last year, besides leading the top-ranked Test team and reaching the final of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC).

He said, “When Kohli took over after MS Dhoni, everyone in the team had a lot of concerns. There is no doubt that Kohli was a little too enthusiastic as captain, but he still helped the Indian team to a higher level. able to carry.”

“With the help of vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, Kohli has led the Indian team to success overseas like no other captain has done,” Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNcricinfo on Sunday.

Talking about Kohli’s greatest achievement as Test captain, Chappell remarked, “One of Kohli’s great achievements was instilling enthusiasm for Test cricket in his team. Despite his massive success, Kohli’s prime The aim was to win the Test arena and that’s where his passion really shined.”

The 78-year-old felt that Kohli backed wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant to do well in Test cricket was a big plus point for him.

Kohli has achieved many personal achievements in his life, as a wicketkeeper and batsman there is no better player than Rishabh Pant. Kohli used to find his way when it comes to selection and some of his decisions in this area were a bit odd but no doubt his support from Pant was a master stroke.

Chappell went on to say that Kohli should be commended for stepping down as Test captain on his own terms.

“Kohli has taken the legacy of Sourav Ganguly and Dhoni and in seven years has largely taken the team to great heights.”

first published:Jan. 30, 2022, 7:46 p.m.



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