The Indian ODI team suffered its first-ever whitewash loss in a 3-match series since 1989 as Virat Kohli and co. were outplayed by New Zealand in all the departments. The Kiwis chased down scores of 347 and 296 in this series while they successfully defended a total of 273 runs which indicates how dominant they were in the 3-match ODI series.
Virat Kohli looked clueless at times because he has rarely played a match without two of cricket’s smartest brains, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. While Dhoni has been on a hiatus, Rohit injured himself during the 5th T20I of the series against New Zealand. While one can argue that the Indian team did not have the services of their regular openers in this series, they should understand that the momentum was on India’s side after the 5-0 drubbing and they did have two replacement players who had a good record in New Zealand. So, that thing automatically goes out of the equation.
The skipper accepted that his team did not play up to the mark in this series, especially in the bowling and fielding departments. But, the team management should understand that there’s a problem in the captaincy section and here’s why Rohit Sharma should replace Kohli as the captain soon.
Virat Kohli’s questionable selection decisions
While there are no doubts over the individual batting talent that Virat Kohli possesses but the cricket universe knows that he has not been a great captain in the cricket world. Over the years, he has taken a lot of questionable decisions.
For example, in the recently concluded ODI series, he decided to include Kedar Jadhav in the playing XI ahead of Manish Pandey who had been performing well in the T20I series. Jadhav’s ODI career has all but ended yet Kohli gave him an opportunity to prove himself. On top of that, they did not use him as an all-rounder but instead used the right-handed player as a primary batsman.
Results matter more than anything
In a recent interview, Virat Kohli mentioned that the ODIs are not so important this year but it is important to sustain the winning momentum that a team has. Rohit Sharma has won 4 IPL trophies and it is because he takes every match seriously. It will be fine if a captain does not fare well as an individual on some occasions but the results should be the first priority of every captain.
In the IPL also, the fans have seen how Rohit is a better leader than Kohli. He has even led India to victories in the Hero Nidahas Trophy and Asia Cup while on the other side, Kohli could not cross the finishing line despite reaching so close in the 2017 Champions Trophy and 2019 World Cup.
Confidence in Players
Rohit Sharma has the knack of identifying the player’s talent and he employs them in the same roles only. We have seen players like Mitchell McClenaghan succeed under Rohit at Mumbai Indians. He uses his talent to perfection and makes him look gold.
However, Virat Kohli does not look to keeping one player at one place. We had seen how he dropped him to number 4 position in the ODI series against Australia and also, in the case of Rishabh Pant, we saw how the wicket-keeper batsman’s batting position was often changed. There was no gameplan laid down as the Indian team opted to keep on changing the team despite achieving success.
Also, team India should consider giving the reins of the team well ahead of the 2023 World Cup so that he can build his own team of match winners.