Losing the WTC Final to Failing to Script Series Win in South Africa; Virat Kohli’s Regrets as Test Captain
Virat Kohli Resigns as Test Captain: Not just success, Kohli's India also suffered a few setbacks along the way.
Cape Town: From taking India to the top of the world in Test cricket to being arguably the best Test captain of the modern era, Virat Kohli has taken Indian cricket to newer heights and there is no denying that. On Saturday, Kohli shocked one and all when he announced his resignation as the Test captain of India.
Kohli, who took over the captain’s mantle from MS Dhoni in 2014, finished as the fourth-most successful captain of all time and as the Indian captain with the most Test wins.
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Not just success, Kohli’s India also suffered a few setbacks along the way.
Here are the setbacks that Kohli and Team India faced during his tenure as leader.
WTC Final: This will certainly hurt him the most. He had a golden opportunity to lead his country to their maiden ICC title under his leadership – but that did not happen. India lost the match against New Zealand at Southampton. To be honest, India looked unprepared and was outplayed by the Kane Williamson-led side.
Final frontier, South Africa: Virat Kohli and Co reached South Africa with the hope of creating history. They got their tour off to a dream start by winning at Centurion and taking a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, they lost the following two games and the series. The series loss would personally sting Kohli for obvious reasons.
New Zealand Remains Unconquered: India has won in New Zealand in the past, but in Kohli’s tenure, India could not. This would be another regret Kohli would have. The 2019-20 tour turned out to be one of Kohli’s worst with the bat as he averaged 9.50. The series ended up as India’s only Test whitewash under Kohli.
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