India’s Captaincy: MS Dhoni Out, Virat Kohli In?

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 | 0

When Virat Kohli led India to a 5-0 whitewash of Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe, not many considered the result very spellbinding or credible, for the hosts are looked upon as the minnows in the sport. However, his impressive leadership qualities helped India (as the hosts this time) complete a successful clean-sweep of World Cup runner-ups Sri Lanka in the 5-match ODI series on Sunday. Therefore, the speculations are rife about Virat taking over the reins from regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as India’s captain.

Though Virat has been doing a remarkably good job as the captain whenever bestowed upon a prospect in Dhoni’s absence; the former is yet to prove his competency against the top teams of the world. Moreover, Dhoni has done an incredible job ever since becoming the captain of the Indian team; having lead India to some coveted triumphs including the T20I World Cup in 2007, World Cup 2011 and the ICC Champions Trophy.

Furthermore, even Virat acknowledged of late that he has been learning captaincy skills as Dhoni’s deputy, and would love to train under him for a few more years. With the World Cup 2015 just about 3 months to kick-off Down Under, the odds of Kohli taking over as the captain seem unfeasible, and that he might just be under the limelight as India’s captain after Dhoni decides to hang his boots up from the sport a few years down the line.

Even if Dhoni continues to lead India into the World Cup 2019, India’s future in the 50-over format seems steady, with Virat being considered as the future skipper of the reigning World Champions. Moreover, his ability to pile up runs and convert the double-digit numbers into centuries makes him an ideal man to lead from the front. Virat has been India’s highest run-scorer in the last 3-4 years and has amassed over 1000 runs almost every season since 2010, which makes him the one to look out for in the future.

When it comes to the temperament and the style of batting, both Kohli and Dhoni are poles apart. While the former is considered to be an ‘angry young man’, the latter is known as the ‘captain cool’. Kohli bats at the top of the order and catches eyes with his orthodox style of play. On the contrary, Dhoni steps in as the finisher and grips the audience with his powerful maximum all around the ground.

Albeit Virat has done enough to gainsay his critics and surge ahead at the core in the list of India’s future captain, it is unlikely that he can filch the captaincy power from Dhoni, who is widely regarded as the man with Midas touch.

So, what’s say on this? Is Virat ready to replace Dhoni as India’s captain?


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Mass Media student from the University of Mumbai. Also, a huge Cricket enthusiast and a Tennis fanatic, with a smattering of other sports.

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