5 Reasons why Rohit Sharma shouldn’t be Team India captain anytime soon

He has certainly been able to add that extra feature of fitness that has reflected on the team’s performance on most of the occasions. In these circumstances

2. Virat Kohli’s ability to lead from the front

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Virat Kohli. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Watching this India team play is like following a long-distance race where the gap between the winner and the others gradually opens up—that’s how Virat Kohli’s team gets the opposition in Tests. There’s little to separate the sides in the early skirmishes, but as the contest hots up the difference in quality begins to show. Antigua was the latest example of this. India and West Indies were neck and neck till the end of the first innings, but as the game wore on, the superiority in-depth and strength in the visitors’ rank became pronounced.

A key component is his ability to lead from the front. The responsibility of leading a side does not wear out his batting, it does just the opposite. Kohli’s incendiary record as a batsman only got hotter as a captain (he averages 61.82 as skipper, and 53.38 overall in Tests).

There have been many captains who have been worn out by the pressure of leading the side. Even a batsman of Rahul Dravid’s stature lost his edge and decided he was better off without the extra responsibility. Ganguly was an excellent man-manager, had a great eye for talent and conviction as a leader, but batting became a chore for him as his captaincy progressed. Dhoni was a limited Test batsman, to begin with; his strength was the ability to read the game from his vantage point behind the stumps.


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