Gautam Gambhir takes dig at Kohli, labels Rohit, Dhoni as reasons behind his captaincy success for India
Former Indian cricketer and current BJP Lok Sabha MP Gautam Gambhir feels Indian skipper Virat Kohli still has a long path to look forward to even though his contribution as the leader of the Men In Blue is a big part of the Indian cricket folklore. Kohli was recently honored with a stand when Delhi's iconic Feroz Shah Kotla ground was renamed to Arun Jaitley Stadium earlier this month. Kohli led India to a semi-final finish in the recently concluded ICC World Cup 2019 hosted by England and Wales. With a series of batting records under his name already, Kohli has found uphill tasks of setting new benchmarks ridiculously easy while leading the Men In Blue across all formats.
Under Kohli, India started the new cycle in the post World Cup era by white-washing the West Indies across all formats that too in their own backyard. Headlining the star-studded Indian lineup in all formats of the gentlemen's game, Kohli is hailed as one of the modern-day greats in the gentlemen's game by his peers and critics. Gambhir, who had shared the Indian lockerroom with Kohli during his playing days has revealed what he thinks are the real reasons behind Kohli's international success.
The former cricketer-turned-politician stated that a champion of an Indian side is the sole reason why Kohli has managed to reach new heights in the gentlemen's game. Gambhir further backed veteran Indian wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni and vice-captain Rohit Sharma as the major contributors to making captain Kohli - a success story on the international circuit.
Rohit, Dhoni are reasons why Kohli captains so well?
"Still a long way to go for him. Kohli was very good in the last World Cup but he has a long way to go. He captains so well in international cricket because he has got Rohit Sharma, he had MS Dhoni for a long time. Captaincy credentials are noticed when you are leading a franchise, when you do not have other players supporting you," Gambhir told reporters during his interaction with the students of a university, reports news agency ANI.
Gambhir also pointed out Kohli's failure of not leading Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to their maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) and highlighted the domestic success of the Indian skipper's teammates. "I have been honest whenever I have spoken about this. See what Rohit Sharma has achieved for Mumbai Indians, see what Dhoni has achieved for Chennai Super Kings. If you compare that with RCB, the results are there for everyone to see", the former Indian opener added.
After becoming the most successful captain in Test cricket for India, Virat Kohli is now eyeing to an unprecedented home series win against South Africa in the T20 mix. Kohli pioneered India's first triumph over South Africa on Indian soil last Sunday as the Men In Blue thrashed Quinton de Kock-led side by seven wickets in the second T20I against the Proteas in Mohali.