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Why Virat Kohli is failing to perform?

Is Virat Kohli failing as a skipper?

Is Virat Kohli failing as a skipper?

Indian skipper Virat Kohli is failing to deliver with the bat on the ground. It has been a long tenure since one witnessed him scoring a red-ball ton. Considering his international career, Kohli has declared his 27th duck as he was targetted by England’s all-rounder, Ben Stokes, in the ongoing 4th Test.

Ind vs Eng four-match Test series is a part of ICC Test Championship. The host side leads by 2-1, with the deciding match commencing at the Narendra Modi Stadium. We saw in the third test that pitch turned out to be very much favorable for the bowlers whereas, it was a total flop for the batsmen.

As Ind vs Eng Test series commences, Kohli has gotten out on zero twice, which brings up his two ducks in a single series if one talks about his international Test career. If discussing his last twelve Test innings, Kohli has slammed 288 runs at an average of 24.00, including three fifties.

Concluding the data, the Indian skipper now has twelve Test ducks, thirteen ODI ducks, and 2 T20I ducks in his International career. Notably, it has been 36 innings since he last smashed a Test hundred. His last century came up against Bangladesh in 2019.

Ben Stokes and Virat Kohli argument, Stokes replies picking his wicket in Ind vs Eng 4th Test.

Is Virat Kohli failing as a skipper?

Being a skipper, he is failing to contribute his part to the team. As team effort matters, Kohli’s part is crucial as the captain. Notably, if India win the deciding Test against England, they will be a part of the ICC Test Championship, or if they fail to make it, Asia Cup’s possibility will be higher.

Notably, the possibility of Asia Cup 2021 depends on India’s victory or defeat as the final of ICC Test Championship clashes with the schedule of the ACC event in the summers.

Discussing Kohli once again, he is failing as a player and as a captain too. Yes, undoubtedly, he has led India very well at every stage, pinning match victories, but a captain is supposed to win the finals too. Right? We have witnessed multiple times that Kohli and Co lose the encounter either in the playoffs, last stage, or in the final despite winning the Robin Hood stages.

Failure in IPL since 2013:

We can use examples of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here. The Indian skipper is leading the Royal Challengers Bangalore for 8 years but still triumphs in any edition. Undoubtedly, RCB have a vast fan following and is counted among one of the richest and popular franchises. Despite the support, quality players, quality skipper, Kohli is failing to clinch the title.

If we discuss the first few IPL 2020, the captain failed to perform, being inconsistent throughout, and got subjected to criticism. 14, 1, 3 were his first 3 games, but he later scored in a few matches. Dragging his captaincy performance, RCB ended on the fourth spot in the points table of IPL 2020 and played a playoff too – but lost.

Flunked in the playoff as usual:

Playing the match 58th of the IPL, the playoff, RCB faced Sun Risers Hyderabad. As usual, the men in red decayed, giving the opposition a goal of 133 runs on 120 balls comfortably chased by Risers sparing two balls.

Disappointing in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017:

Other than IPL, he is yet to win an ICC trophy under his tenure. Starting from the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, India conquered the tournament stage but displeased the final against Pakistan.

The score remained frightful either. The defeat might still be coming in their dreams as they lost the match chasing and deserted drastically on 158 runs. Only Pandya remained the top-scorer from the men in blue’s end, whereas the captain Virat Kohli was preyed on by Mohammad Amir on 5 runs.

Here are the highlights of the ICC Champions trophy 2017 final:

Sinking in the ICC World Cup 2019 semifinal; Ind vs NZ:

Also, the collapse against New Zealand in the semifinal is unmatchable to the other horrendous defeats. India beat big teams during the competition but once again failed in the semifinal under Kohli.

The Williamson-led team gave a target of 240 runs for them to win, but India got trashed at 221 with three balls to spare. Kohli himself was picked by Trent Boult, scoring just one run off 6 runs.

Here are the highlights of the ICC World Cup 2019 semifinal, Ind vs NZ:

Is Rohit Sharma a better captain than Kohli?

There is a lot of debate on Rohit Sharma’s topic is a better captain than Virat Kohli. The answer must be yes, as Sharma has won five IPL trophies. Leading Mumbai Indians, he is the only successful captain as no IPL team has even won four titles yet.

Notably, he became the captain of MI in 2013. Being 8 years of captaincy, Sharma has five titles – 5/8, incredible. As IPL 2020 took place in the UAE, the Sharma-led team gave its promising performance and lifted the trophy home.

Many people believe that Rohit Sharma should be appointed as Indian captain for the limited-overs format, as everyone has judged him only in the T20s yet. Notably, both of them were selected as IPL captains in 2013. With 8 years passed on, Rohit is continuing with five titles whereas, the Indian skipper commences with zero.

IPL 2020, MI vs RCB,

IPL 2020, MI vs RCB, Captains’ photo

What mistake does Virat Kohli make during the ending matches?

The difference between Kohli is often judged to rotate his bowlers to the extent that is not needed, which causes an ultimate failure. The scenario is well-noticed in the ongoing season of IPL, where he has not supremely used his bowlers and lacks in utilizing the dead-overs bowlers when needed. On the other hand, Sharma looks like a master in this scenario as his bowlers have been successful so far – why not taking the example of toe-crusher Jasprit Bumrah?

There is a huge question mark in front of the statement that why Kohli and why not Rohit? On a comparison digging out from IPL, Kohli is so far to impress the witnesses whereas, Sharma is five wins ahead of him as Virat Kohli is yet to win any. Do you think it is the right time for the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) to look for another skipper?

Will ICC Test Championship will be the first ICC tournament win for Virat Kohli as a captain?

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As the ICC Test Championship continues, Ind vs Eng commences to coil up the series’s fourth match. In case if India win, they will be proceeding ahead to play the final against New Zealand. On the other hand, if India lose, the world will be witnessing Australia vs New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship.

So far, Kohli and co have been terrific throughout the series stage. If the captain wins the final, his first win in any ICC tournament played under his leadership yet. As usual, the tournament stage is going incredible, but people hope not to see any poorness this time by the termination.

What do his ICC rankings say?

Currently, Virat Kohli ranks 6th when it comes to the ICC T20I ranking for the batsmen. He has only 697 points. Discussing ODI, the Indian skipper sits on the top being number one ODI batsmen with 870 points in the ICC ODI rankings for the batsmen whereas, he is currently at 5th when it comes to the ICC Test rankings for the batsmen with 836 points.

Is he compared to any cricket player?

Kohli is mostly compared with Pakistan’s Babar Azam. Both of them are often noted with their drives shot. We usually see a comparison among them as the fans from both sides clash terming as “Babar is better”, no, “Kohli is better” and the debate continues.

Recently, Babar became the only player to be in the top five of the ICC rankings for the batsmen in all three formats. The comparison was immense there. However, As of now, Babar ranks third in T20I, and ODI format whereas he has slid down to sixth in Test rankings.

There was a time when Babar stayed the number one T20I batsman surpassing Kohli and every other batter. However, he was still the player averaging over 45 in all three formats of cricket until he dropped to 44.2 in the red-ball format.

Pakistan's Babar Azam and India's Virat Kohli portrayed during a match

Pakistan’s Babar Azam and India’s Virat Kohli portrayed during an Ind vs Pak match

Who averages better, Babar Azam or Virat Kohli?

On the other hand, the Indian skipper now averages 50+ in all; ODI, T20I, and Test. His averages are 52.7, 59.3, and 50.5 in Test, ODI, T20Is respectively. Although the stats are towards perfection we still are seeing the downfall since the last few games.

It is understandable that there is always a rise or fall of every player but not letting a specific team winning any ICC trophy can be the alarming signs. According to the opinion, the BCCI should look for Sharma as the T20I, ODI captaincy replacement. Let’s wait for the results of the ICC Test Championship final.

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