Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman has put a lot of perspective into Virat Kohli’s captaincy saying that its a work in progress. These comments from the Indian legend comes a day before Virat Kohli will be leading his team in the first Test in Adelaide. India are the current champions of the Border-Gavaskar trophy and Kohli will need to play well in the first test to give India the maximum chance of retaining the trophy.
Taking to Cricket Connected on Star Sports, Laxman has opened up on his thoughts on Virat Kohli’s captaincy.
“I mentioned so many times, the intensity and the body language he shows when he’s on the field, whether he’s batting or fielding, I think he leads by example and that is so infectious,” Laxman shared his opinion.
Virat Kohli A Role-Model For Young Cricketers: VVS Laxman
He said that Virat Kohli is a role model for young cricketers but his captaincy needs to improve in two specific areas.
“There were certain times when I felt that he becomes little defensive, especially with his field changes. The second thing is chopping and changing the playing 11. With experience, I can say that any player, whether experienced or a newcomer, wants that stability, security, so that he can focus on performing to the best of his abilities for the team. That’s something which Virat Kohli can definitely improve on,” he pointed out.
As Kohli sets his sights to lead his team in the first Pink-ball test against Australia, the series has a lot at stake for the Indian cricket team. India are in third place in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings with 114 rating points, whilst Australia top the rankings with 116.46 rating points.
India will face Australia in the first Test in Adelaide on Thursday, which will be Kohli & Co’s first day-night affair away from home. The BCCI has already announced the Indian XI for the first test. Prithvi Shaw and Wrddhiman Saha are a part or the playing XI for the first Test.
India’s Playing XI For First Test
Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravi Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami.