The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, who won the U-19 World Cup title as captain in 2008 is yet to win a major ICC Trophy for team India. He was once again deprived of a major ICC Trophy and has been facing a backlash on social media after team India lost the ICC World Test Championship Final to New Zealand. Several experts and cricketers have shared their opinion on the performance and captaincy of Virat Kohli.
The latest one to give his opinion about the captaincy of Virat Kohli is West Indies bowling great Michael Holding.
Recently, in an interview with the Indian Express, the cricketer-turned-commentator showered praised Virat Kohli as a captain. He claimed that Virat often gets carried away with his on-field instincts. He also went on to compare Virat to the legendary West Indies cricketer Sir Viv Richards. He said:
“Virat Kohli is someone who wears his heart on his sleeve. He’s someone who will let you know exactly how he feels. I think he gets a bit carried away at times, but that is Virat Kohli, that is the man. He’s similar to Viv (Richards) in that regard.”
“Viv, sometimes on the field, was over-expressive. But those are the personalities of those two gentlemen. They can tone down a little bit as well, but then, if you are a Mustang, it’s hard to tell a Mustang to trot. He’s going to gallop,”
Furthermore, Holding talked about the captaincy of the Indian skipper and said that Virat needs to relax a little bit so as to allow his teammates to express themselves more freely. He said:
“As far as his captaincy, I’ve only seen India when they were touring England and I saw them in South Africa. The only thing I’d say about Virat is that he tone down a bit so his team can relax because a lot of them, I think, are on tenterhook,”
Meanwhile, the Indian cricket team will be next seen playing against England in a 5-match Test series, which will kickstart from August 4 in Nottingham.