India has always been a home to some of the top cricketers in the world, but perhaps none as ambitious as Virat Kohli. To meet his ambition, Kohli employed the assiduousness of Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar and fitness that was in the league of the top athletes across the globe. As a result, Kohli became the most consistent accumulator of his time, scoring tons of runs in all the three formats over the years.
Barring one in Bangladesh, the Indian skipper has smashed Test hundreds in and against every country he played. Also, he broke the records for the number of matches taken to reach eight, nine, ten and eleven thousand runs in One Day International.
When Kohli took over the captaincy over all the three formats in 2017, the transition between Kohli and Dhoni was a smooth one for India. There were many speculations about a possible rift between MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli during the transition, but they busted the myth by showing their friendship and bonding as teammates at various instances.
Kohli’s ambition for cricket transferred seamlessly to his captaincy. He demanded more than ever of his bowlers and even sacrificed a batsman for the bowling depth. This led India to a first-ever series win in Australia and a long stay at the No. 1 spot in Test rankings. Taking into account the success enjoyed by the Indian team under Kohli’s captaincy, it is no surprise that Kohli is one of the best captains India has ever had.
Kohli’s batting in crunch situations and fielding at any part of the field makes it hard to replace him as captain. But there will be a day when he’ll have to step down from his role, as everyone has to do it in the game someday. As such, former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra believes that KL Rahul is the ideal candidate to replace Kohli as the captain of the Indian team.
The IPL will show how KL Rahul will be as a captain, Says Aakash Chopra
The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League will take place from September 19 in Abu Dhabi. Amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the BCCI has taken various hard steps to make IPL 2020 a reality. The 8 IPL franchise travelled to Dubai in August and all the players had to go into compulsory quarantine for 14 days. Now, the players are all set to give their best on the field.
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“I have hope that Rahul’s captaincy will be good. Actually, the IPL will give an idea of his captaincy, how he handles the team, what strategies he uses. If we take a look at Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, they fall in the same age bracket and at one time, you may feel that they’re not a captain material anymore,” Chopra said, replying to a fan’s question on his Facebook page.
“As they say, there comes a time when you have to pass on the baton like MS Dhoni did to Virat Kohli in 2017 and the latter will have to do it to someone at some point. When he does that, it’s possible that KL Rahul will be the next in line,” Chopra added.
Rahul is now set to play for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the 2020 edition of the IPL. With a century against Mumbai Indians (MI), the Karnataka -born shone as a batsman in 2018 and 2019. He has been appointed as the skipper of KXIP after Ravi Ashwin, who moved to Delhi Capitals (DC) after leading KXIP for the last two seasons. And Chopra is looking forward to seeing how Rahul fares as a captain in the IPL.
“So, the IPL will show us how KL Rahul will be like a captain. But the manner I have seen him play and his temperament, I feel he will be a good captain,” Chopra stated.