5 Blunders Virat Kohli has made so far as captain

5 Blunders Virat Kohli has made so far as captain

Some of these decisions have also turned out to be controversial.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Virat Kohli is one of the best leaders in World cricket. He has had a lot of success while leading the Indian team in all the three formats over the past few years. In this time, India has climbed to the No. 1 ranking in Tests and they have also been at their dominating best in the ODI and T20I format.

However, everyone makes mistakes. And in case of Kohli, there have been a few mistakes which have cost India heavily. Some of his decision on the field or selection choices have baffled the experts and made them question him. There have been times when his credentials as a captain have been questioned as well.

Here we bring you five blunders from Virat Kohli as captain:

1. Sending MS Dhoni at No.7 in the World Cup semi-final

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Through the World Cup, Kohli had made a few decisions which were debatable. Going into the semi-final, India were looking quite solid in front of the New Zealand team. Having finished at the top of the points table in the league stages, the Men in Blue were expected to make to the final with ease. However, that didn’t happen.

India were set a total of 240 to win. For a batting heavy team like them, that shouldn’t have been a problem. But losing the top three didn’t help. Kohli and Rohit Sharma were the first ones to get out and KL Rahul soon followed them. India were 5 for 3 and under enormous pressure. India sent in Rishabh Pant at number four  and Dinesh Karthik at 5 when many expected MS Dhoni to walk out in crisis times.

Though Pant was given the position of no.4, Karthik was the designated finisher for the side. Even after the latter got out, leaving India at 24 for 4, Dhoni wasn’t sent in. Hardik Pandya batted ahead of the man who was playing his 350th ODI. India went on to lose the match by 18 runs. After the match, many experts criticised Kohli’s decision to hold back Dhoni when clearly, he should’ve batted up the order and stabilise the innings.