Another loss in the ICC event has once again sparked the captaincy debate between Virat Kohli and former India skipper MS Dhoni. third loss as a captain in an ICC event. The first loss came in Champions Trophy Final against Pakistan in 2017, the second came in the year 2019 in the 50-Over World Cup against New Zealand and the last one came against the same team in the World Test Championship (WTC) Final.
Although Kohli has won the 2011 World Cup and 2013 Championship as a player under Dhoni, he is yet to an ICC event in the capacity of a captain. Yesterday’s defeat against New Zealand at the Hampshire Bowl has once again ignited that debate the Virat Kohli should be relieved of leadership duties.
Kohli took over the reins from MS Dhoni in 2014 in red-ball cricket Down Under and since then has gone on to win consistently by playing brilliant cricket. His team defeated Australia in their own backyard in 2018-19 and also defeated West Indies abroad in 2019. The only hurdle remains in South Africa as India is yet to win a series in that part of the world.
While he has a glorifying record in bilateral encounters, he is yet to win an ICC trophy. On the other hand, MS Dhoni is the only captain to win all the ICC trophies – T20 World Cup, 50-over World Cup, and Champions Trophy. However, Virat Kohli will again get a chance to rectify his captaincy record in ICC events during the T20 World Cup 2021.
Here are some of the reactions:
India in 10 ICC finals:
Under Dhoni’s captaincy – Won 3 (out of 4 finals)
All other captains – Won 1 (out of 6 finals)#WTC2021Final
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) June 23, 2021
Kohli maybe GOAT, but definitely not on par with Dhoni when it comes to captaincy
— Deependra. दीपेन्द्र (@dpendra_chauhan) June 23, 2021
— Gaurav Upreti (@UpretiOfficial) June 24, 2021
— Akshit Sharma🇮🇳 (@ShrmaGka_Ladka) June 24, 2021
— Dr.Scofield (@thanioruvan_da) June 23, 2021
It's time to change
There are no any doubt that #Kohli is world class player
Bs captaincy use suit ni krri Face with look of triumph
Hars reality #worldtestchampionshipfinal#WTCFinal2021 #ViratKohli #MSDhoni #RohitSharma #IndiaVsNewZealand #WTC21#IndianCricketTeam pic.twitter.com/jvktLEB6bS
— Rushikesh Khot (@Rushik_khot) June 24, 2021
New Zealand trump India to win the inaugural WTC final
The Kiwis defeated India by eight wickets at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton to win the inaugural edition of the ICC World Test Championship. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor added 96 runs for the third wicket to steer the Black Caps home.
With two entire days washed out, and a reserve day in play, India were asked to bat first in overcast conditions that were not suited for batting. Kyle Jamieson ran down the Indian batting before the Kiwis got a slender first-innings lead.
India responded with a total of 170 in the second innings, but only managed to set the Kiwis 139 in 53 overs. In the final chase, India gave it their all, but it was the grit and experience of the Kiwi veterans that took the Black Caps home.