Former Australia cricketer Ian Chappell has said that Virat Kohli was an exceptional captain. Kohli resigned from the Test captaincy after India lost the three-match Test series against South Africa. The 33-year-old has led the team in the longest format since December 2014.India won 40 out of 68 Tests under his leadership.
The team went on to win the first-ever Test series on Australian soil in 2018-19 by 2-1. They were leading the five-match Test series against England by 2-1 before the last game was postponed due to COVID19 cases in the team. During Kohli, India have lost the Test series in New Zealand in 2020 and against Proteas in 2017-18.
Meanwhile, Chappell, in a tribute to Kohli, has said that the latter never curb his enthusiasm but was able to lead the Indian team to a higher level.
“There’s no doubt Kohli was an exception as captain; he didn’t curb his enthusiasm, but he was still able to lead the Indian team to a higher level. With the capable assistance of vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, he lifted India to overseas success like no other captain had done,” he wrote in a column for ESPNcricinfo.
Kohli took the legacy of Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni: Ian Chappell
The South Australian has added that Virat Kohli took the legacy of Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni. Chappell further added that the right-hander’s biggest disappointment would be the recent Test series loss against South Africa.
“Kohli took the legacy of Sourav Ganguly and Dhoni and substantially built on it in seven years at the helm. His biggest disappointment as captain was the recent series loss to South Africa after India led the away series 1-0, though he didn’t captain in the middle Test of that series, in Johannesburg.
“One of Kohli’s great achievements was instilling in his team a craving for Test cricket. Despite his all-encompassing success, Kohli’s major aim was to achieve victory in the Test arena, and this is where his passion really shone. There is no doubt that Kohli drove his men hard, but it’s also apparent they enjoyed competing and wanted success,” he added.