Former England bowler, Monty Panesar has commented on Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s captaincy saying the skipper will step down from the role if India loses the next match of the ongoing four-match Test series against England.
India has lost total four Test matches consecutively under Virat Kohli’s captaincy after suffering a crushing loss against England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday. India lost the match by 227 runs.
India had also lost the first match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy under Kohli’s captaincy. Having won the remaining three games to take the trophy home under Ajinkya Rahane’s impressive leadership has raised many questions on the current Indian skipper’s captaincy skills.
“Virat Kohli is one of the greatest batsmen of all-time but the team is simply not doing well under him and we have the result in the last four Test that India played under him. I think Kohli will be under pressure and more now because Ajinkya Rahane has done phenomenally well as the captain,” Monty Panesar said while speaking to WION.
“India has already lost four Tests in a row and if the number goes to five in the next match, then I think he will step down from his role,” the former spinner added.
Speaking on the performance of his former team, Panesar stacked praises for England for the thumping victory they achieved at Chepauk, giving special credit to the England skipper Joe Root.
“It is an unbelievable win. The way England have played over the last five days show how much confidence is there in that team. Joe Root needs to be lauded for the way he led his troops from the front.
“Everyone in that team stepped up in some manner and that is what makes team sport great. The players need to savour this moment. It will be celebrated for long,” Panesar said.