Since the time Indian cricket team suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the England cricket team in the first match of the four-match series against the visitors, questions have been looming over Indian team skipper Virat Kohli’s captaincy.
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. However, the team won the remaining three games to take the trophy home under Ajinkya Rahane’s impressive leadership, which has given the crictics all the more reason to question Kohli’s leadership skills.
Standing in support of the team skipper, Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has asserted that there is no reason for anyone to question Kohli. He added that regardless of the outcome of the game, Kohli would continue to lead the team.
“There are moments when you don’t have that energy but that doesn’t mean that it has happened because of a change in captaincy. As I have said earlier, Virat is our captain and will remain our captain,” Rahane spoke in a pre-match virtual press conference ahead of the 2nd Test.
“If you are trying to dig in and find some ‘masala’ (controversy), unfortunately, you will not get it. Look, body language can be a bit down at times and the wicket was such in the first 2 days, it could be because of that. There could be many reasons.”
The vice-captain also defended middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who has also been criticized for performing below average.
“See no one questioned his batting approach in the team and that’s what matters. What people talk outside doesn’t matter to us,” Rahane said while backing Pujara.
“We know Pujara’s role in the team. The way he played in Australia and the way he played now, it’s really important for us. We back him completely. He has played 80 odd Test matches and knows his game really well, no one questioned his ability or how he batted in Australia,” he added.