A lot of attention will be given to Virat Kohli’s place in the Indian team as a player for the first time in almost seven years, and his potential successor in red-ball cricket, KL Rahul, will be judged on how he performs as a captain.
With a new captain at the helm, India will be missing their superstar batsman Virat Kohli in the Test team and looking to a new leader when they face South Africa in the upcoming series.
This has given online cricket betting a spin since it’s the first time in seven years India will be led by a new captain and the results could be unpredictable.
Virat Kohli’s Legacy
A day after Virat Kohli led India’s underwhelming performance in the third and final Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium, the 28-year-old right-hander decided to walk away from the game’s longest format.
Kohli led India to the top of the Test rankings, but there have been signs that he had begun to chafe under the demands of leading India in all three formats in recent months.
After being appointed as the head of India’s cricket team in 2014, Kohli won 40 games from 68 Test matches and won various series against Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa, and West Indies.
Virat Kohli has scored over 7,000 runs in test cricket. He is also an aggressive and effective fielder for his team. Kohli’s test batting average is 50.39, and he has scored 27 centuries and 28 fifties for India.
Under Virat Kohli, who has led the team for the past seven years, India has achieved “some phenomenal things”, and the former skipper has now raised the bar for every individual in the team, stand-in captain KL Rahul said on Tuesday.
Why Did Virat Kohli Quit as Captain of the Indian Test Team?
Virat Kohli, the Indian test cricket team captain, had recently resigned from his position. The decision to resign was his own and not the BCCI, which supports him as a sportsman. He said he knew the timing was right, and he couldn’t deliver 100%.
Rohit Sharma, the captain of the Indian cricket team in ODI’s, was forced to miss the three-match ODI series against South Africa starting on Wednesday. Rahul will be leading India in his absence.
How Successful Has KL Rahul Been as a Player?
Rahul Lokesh has broken the record for the fastest batsman to score a century in all formats. In just 20 innings across all formats, he broke Ahmed Shehzad’s record.
Rahul became the first player in the history of T20I to score a century when coming in to bat at number 4. He also had the misfortune to be the first-ever Indian batsman dismissed by hit-wicket in T20Is.
Rahul, a young cricketer, has been studying Kohli’s game and thinks he can improve by emulating Kohli.
According to Rahul, Kohli is the biggest ambassador of the five-day game. He was able to take India to new heights under his tenure as captain of the team.
In the second Test match against South Africa in Johannesburg, KL Rahul, the captain of the side, said that the self-belief within the Indian camp was largely due to Virat Kohli and how he interacted with everyone. His body language was something that Rahul hopes to emulate.