T20 World Cup 2021: Is Virat Kohli an unsuccessful captain? Danish Kaneria gives shocking opinion
Team India has been at the receiving end of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. In the meantime, skipper Virat Kohli's captaincy has also been questioned, while Danish Kaneria has presented his shocking opinion.
The 2021 ICC T20 World Cup has been a bane for former champion India so far. It has lost its opening two games in the Super 12 stage and is starting at an early exit. Its qualification scenarios now don't just rely on India, but other results as well. As a result, the team has been subject to criticisms of late.
Also, skipper Virat Kohli's leadership qualities have been questioned at this time. While Kohli would be stepping down from the role in the shortest format following the tournament, it looks certain that he would finish trophyless as a captain. In the same light, discarded Pakistani spinner Danish Kaneria has given his shocking opinion on Kohli.
Speaking on his YouTube video, he said that there are plenty of reasons for Kohli being unsuccessful as captain. He reckons that Kohli makes errors in team selections, as was the case during the ICC World Test Championship final this year against New Zealand. He also believed that Ajinkya Rahane helped the side win in Australia and not Kohli. He identified that the side lost the opening Test under the latter before he returned home for maternity leave.
Although he termed Kohli as a top player, he lamented that Kohli was never a captaincy material. While he possesses aggression, he lacks decision-making abilities, he considered. He also pointed out conflicts in Kohli's thinking abilities, especially regarding the opening slot. He noted that while Kohli had asserted during the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) that he would open, he backtracked as the tournament edged closer.
Also, speaking on the game against NZ, Kaneria said that bringing in Ishan Kishan and demoting experienced pro Rohit Sharma down to number three was a disaster. However, he explained that Kohli might have been thinking to spoil pacer Trent Boult's bowling plans, as the Kiwis would have thought Rohit and KL Rahul would open, while Kohli wanted to check if the Kiwis' plans flop or not.