Virat Kohli has been captaining India in all formats since the start of 2017. The Delhi batsman has done a great job by leading the team. Since he has taken over the captaincy, India has done exceedingly well in all the formats of the game. However, whenever Kohli has taken a series off, Rohit Sharma has stepped in his shoes and led the team.
The fact that Sharma has won four IPL trophies as the captain of Mumbai Indians, the pressure has always been on Kohli when it comes to his captaincy position of the national side. Some experts have suggested split captaincy for the Indian team. On Friday, former Indian wicketkeeper Kiran More expressed his opinion on the matter.
During an interview with Sportskeeda, the former chief selector of the Indian national team pointed out that Kohli leads the team throughout the year putting pressure on himself. Currently, Virat serves as the captain of the Indian team in all formats and also leads Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. More suggested that split captaincy will be great for Kohli as it will release some pressure from him.
I told he will captain the Indian team and beat Tendulkar’s record back in 2008: Kiran More
“I think some thought should be put into this. Kohli is captaining RCB and Indian team across formats. You need to handle pressure and all that. Rohit is doing a great job, it will be good for Virat,” said Kiran More.
In late 2017, Sharma got the opportunity to lead the Indian ODI team for the first time when Kohli was rested for a series. Under Rohit’s leadership, India managed to beat Sri Lanka 2-1 in ODIs and 3-0 in T20Is. Under his captaincy, India also won the Asia Cup in 2018 in Kohli’s absence. In overall 10 ODIs in which Rohit has led the Indian team, the side has won eight of them. While in T20Is, he has captained in 19 matches, and India has won 15 of them. India also won a historic Nidahas T20 trophy under Sharma’s captaincy.
Talking about Kohli, More revealed that he had predicted back in 2008 that the batsman will beat Sachin Tendulkar’s record.
“Virat has been a superstar, I told he will captain the Indian team and beat Tendulkar’s record back in 2008 when he captained India U19. He wants to win matches all the time, he’s fantastic,” added More.
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