Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir feels that Virat Kohli hasn’t achieved anything as a captain. He said that though Kohli has made a lot of records as a batsman, he has not been successful in winning any important title. Virat holds the position of most successful Test captain for the Indian cricket team. India registered win in 33 out of 55 games played under Kohli’s leadership.
Speaking on Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected, Gambhir said, “It is a team sport. You can keep scoring your own runs. There are people like Brian Lara who have scored so many runs. There are people like Jacques Kallis who have won nothing. Virat Kohli at the moment has won nothing, to be honest as a leader. He has a lot to achieve,”
“You can keep scoring those big runs but according to me, till you win those big trophies you will never be able to fulfill your entire career,” he added.
From the past few years, India has been facing issues in the knockout stage of every ICC tournament. The team fails to deliver either in the semi-finals or finals of the tournament. The Kohli-led team lost the finals of the Champions Trophy 2017 to Pakistan. Also, they were outshined by New Zealand in the semi-final during the World Cup 2019. The last time, the Indian team won an ICC tournament was the 2013 Champions Trophy under the leadership of MS Dhoni.
Talking about the same issue, Gautam Gambhir said, “What sets you apart from being a good player to being a very very good player in a team is what you do on those crucial games. I think probably we have not been able to handle the pressure, probably other teams have been able to handle the pressure that way. If you look at all the semi-finals and finals, it just shows when playing really well in the league stage and you don’t play well in the semi-finals or knockouts, it’s probably your mental toughness as well.”
The 38-year-old quoted, “We can keep talking that we’ve got everything, we have the ability to be the world champions, but till the time you don’t go on the cricket field and prove that you will never be called the world champions. So it’s just your ability in those crunch situations.
“I’ve always said this, in bilaterals and league stages you have got probably a chance to make the mistake, come to the knockout stages, you don’t have a chance to make a mistake, you make a mistake and you’re going back home. So that’s where beliefs come into play and that where India lacks in all those crucial games,” he concluded.