India stepped in as one of the top contenders for the 2019 World Cup but had an un-expected semi-final exit.
A lot of questions were raised towards the team management as the middle order failed to capitalise yet again, resulting in team’s quick collapse which eventually costed India the game.
After the unfortunate World Cup exit, the Indian fans and the cricketing fraternity is now quizzing Kohli’s capability as a captain.
The Indian skipper currently has the third best win ratio/percentage as a captain in ODIs.
The other two captains ahead of Kohli are the legendary Ricky Ponting and Clive Lloyd.
The ODI stats for the 3 captains (at present) are:
matches Win Loss Win%
Clive Lloyd 84 68 35 77.71
Ricky Ponting 230 165 51 76.14
Virat Kohli 77 56 19 74.34
At present, Kohli has the third best win ratio as a captain in the history of ODI cricket. The question of Kohli stepping down as a captain shouldn’t even arise at this point because the Indian skipper has an impeccable record.
Virat even lead India to its first ever Test series win in Australia, last year. The harsh call of the current skipper stepping down mumbles from fact that India made a semi-final exit in the 2019 World Cup.
Rohit Sharma is the name being raised as the next choice to lead this high-profiled team. Sharma has in fact lead India before, in quite a few occasions.
Kohli was rested in the 2018 Asia cup, which allowed Hit-man to step up as the captain. Rohit had a successful run as India won the series with ease.
Rohit Sharma’s record as a captain:
Total Win Loss Win%
ODIs – 9 8 1 88.88%
T20I – 15 12 3 80%
Virat Kohli’s over all stats as captain:
Total Win Loss Win%
ODIs – 77 56 19 74.34%
T20I – 12 12 9 57.14%
Test – 46 26 10 56.52%
As the stats suggest, Kohli has been a mastermind for India as a skipper across all the International formats. Sharma on the other hand, doesn’t have that bad a record himself but it would be foolish to let the man in form step down from his position.
Rohit, however, is the most successful IPL captain of all time with 4 IPL trophies to his name. He also has a 100% record in IPL finals, winning all of them (the first Finals win came with Deccan Chargers).
Virat has a mixed record in the cash-rich IPL. His team, Royal Challenges Bangalore, is one of the most loved team across the nation. However, they have no trophy win. In-fact the side has always been on the disappointing side even after big names have been attached to the side.
The side has ended up at the bottom four in 7 out of 12 IPL seasons.
The stats for both the captains in IPL:
Virat Kohli: Win – 49, Loss – 55, Winning % – 47.16
Rohit Sharma: Win – 60, Loss – 42, Winning % – 58.65
As the stats suggest, Rohit is by far a much better T20 format captain as his aggressive style suits the shorter format.
In accordance to the suggested stats, Sharma could step in as the T20 skipper initially and Virat should continue with his stint as the Indian skipper in the longer formats of the game.
It would be simply unfair to ask Virat to step down as the captain just because of the semi-final exit as the right-handed batsman possess immense potential as captain and should be given another chance.