There have been few eyebrows raised on Virat Kohli’s captaincy after India lost the World Test Championship (WTC) final to New Zealand. However former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal feels that these worries are not valid.
Referring Kohli as the best captain produced by India after MS Dhoni, Akmal said that the India skipper knows his job well, and that those wanting him to step down must not forget what all he has done for the team and the class of players that he belongs to.
“Virat Kohli is the best captain after MS Dhoni. He has 70 centuries. He played the Champions Trophy and the 2019 World Cup. Sure enough, India lost but what is his fault in it? India have remained the No. 1 Test for five years. Look at his achievement, his service… his captaincy is terrific. There is no doubt about it. He is an amazing player and the way he has prepared himself is phenomenal,” Akmal told sports presenter Sawera Pasha on her YouTube channel.
Akmal said that there is no guarantee that India will win ICC tournaments if Kohli is changed as a captain. The former Pakistan player also said that it’s about the match day and not about who is in charge of the team. He went on to slam critics by saying that the ones who haven’t played the game are also pointing out fingers at the Indian skipper.
“He is an amazing player, an amazing captain, and no one can guarantee that if India changes the captain, they will win ICC tournaments. It is a matter of luck. It is easy to point fingers, especially those who have no idea about cricket. People who have not even led a gully team are now giving Kohli and India advise to change their captain,” Akmal pointed out.
“I don’t think he would be affected by any of such things. He is mentally strong, a big performer. No one comes close to him. To score so many centuries and average over 50 in all three formats,” said Akmal.