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The flawed legacy of Indian skipper Virat Kohli

By Bet Barter

June 28, 2021

Virat Kohli would leave behind a flawed legacy if he fails to correct a major anomaly in his international career. Current Indian Team captain Virat Kohli is a great batsman with good records. But he has not proved to be a good ICC title winner. 

The World Test Championship final was Virat Kohli’s latest test of greatness as a player and captain. There was a lot of hype and build-up about it and the past performance was well forgotten. But the past scenario was reenacted again with India losing an important match. So, it is justified to refer to the past and discuss the mistakes that cost India significant trophies. 

2017 Champions Trophy Final

Pakistan had put a target of 338 runs on board in the final against India. India needed 339 runs for a clear victory when Virat Kohli walked in to bat. Rohit Sharma was dismissed without making any runs. 

In the third over, Mohammed Amir made an excellent delivery which Kohli had edged behind. But the catch was dropped and Virat Kohli had another chance to play in the match. 

However, he tried to flick the next delivery to the side but got a leading edge and gifted his wicket to point. 

The Indian team had lost the match against Pakistan for 158 all out in 30.3 overs. 

2019 World Cup Semifinal

The Indian team was among the favourites to win the 2019 World Cup. India needed to make 240 runs to qualify for the final when Virat Kohli walked in to bat. Rohit Sharma was again dismissed early in the second over. 

In the semi-final match, Virat Kohli was trapped lbw by Trent Boult while playing across the line. He lasted on the crease for only an over before returning to the pavilion. India had lost the semi-final match against New Zealand. 

In the 2015 World Cup, when he was not the captain but a star Indian batsman, he had failed to perform for the team. India was chasing 329 against Australia when Kohli was dismissed for 1 off 13 balls. 

It is important to note that all the three failures of Virat Kohli have been when India was chasing. It is something the Indian captain does well in other matches but not in ICC events. 

In the history of cricket, most great players have risen to the occasion in big games. But Virat Kohli has failed to do so till now. He must perform under pressure to earn the title of a great player and a successful captain. 

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