Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell has heaped high praise on Virat Kohli, whose stint as India’s captain ended following the team’s 1-2 loss to South Africa in the Test series. Chappell described Kohli as an exception as captain, who had a lot of energy as leader and yet did not let his enthusiasm cloud his job. The Aussie legend also opined that Kohli built on the legacy of Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni and has taken Indian cricket to greater heights.
Young leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi has earned his maiden call-up to the Indian team for the upcoming limited-overs series against West Indies. Bishnoi has been picked in both the ODI and Test squads. He rose to prominence during the 2020 Under-19 World Cup and has also impressed in the IPL editions he has featured in. The youngster has already been snapped up by the new IPL franchise Lucknow Super Giants as their third pick for the 2022 season.
Indian captain KL Rahul admitted after India’s 0-3 defeat at the hands of South Africa in the one-day series that the visitors were not good enough and went wrong in both the batting and bowling department. The hosts defeated the Men in Blue by four runs in the final ODI. Deepak Chahar played a brilliant knock of 54 in 34 balls to give India hope. However, in the end, he failed to take India over the line. Before the one-dayers, India conceded the Test series 1-2 despite taking the lead.
Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh reckons that Virat Kohli is definitely feeling the pressure of all that he has gone through over the last few months. Kohli resigned from T20 and Test captaincy and, in between, he was sacked as ODI captain as the BCCI wanted only one captain for white-ball cricket. As a result, for the first time after many years, he stepped on to the field as a pure batter. According to Harbhajan, the controversy surrounding him and BCCI as well as his form definitely seems to have impacted him.
Team India’s stand-in captain KL Rahul has admitted that they have a lot of work to do in the middle overs in both the batting and the bowling department. India’s middle-order stumbled for a second game in a row while the bowlers also flopped, failing to defend a target of 288. India batted first and put up 287 for 6 as Rishabh Pant top-scored with 85 while Rahul himself contributed 55.
Team India captain KL Rahul has stated that they conceded 20 runs extra with the ball and did not put together enough partnerships in the 1st ODI against South Africa in Paarl. India were poor in the field, conceding a lot of free runs through misfields. When it was their turn to bat, they crumbled from 138 for 1 to 199 for 7. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli scored fifties but could not take India past the finish line.
Team India pacer Jasprit Bumrah has stated that it would be an honour if he gets an opportunity to lead the Indian team in the near future. With Virat Kohli no longer captain in any of the three formats, Rohit Sharma is likely to take over the mantle when fit. In his absence, KL Rahul has been named captain for the one-dayers in South Africa while Bumrah has been picked as vice-captain.
It has been a little over 24 hours since Virat Kohli shocked the entire cricket fraternity by announcing his decision to step down as the test skipper of the Indian cricket team. Still, reactions from past and present cricketers keep pouring in, both congratulating him for a successful tenure as well as expressing their surprise over the bolt from blue they received on a fine Saturday evening. And why not, we are talking about one of the finest ever captains in the longest format.
A day after India lost the Test series to South Africa following a seven-wicket defeat in Cape Town, Virat Kohli quit as the team’s Test captain. The Test series against an inexperienced Proteas outfit was seen by many as India’s best chance to win a Test series in South Africa. However, while India won in Centurion, they went down in Johannesburg and failed to get their act right at Newlands as well.