Ever since India lost the final of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) against New Zealand in Southampton, it sparked a debate over Virat Kohli’s captaincy on social media. While many fans and experts of the game called for the split captaincy in the Indian team, some of them backed the 32-year-old batsman to continue as a captain across formats.
Sharing his views on the same, former India batsman Suresh Raina has said that Virat needs more time to get into his groove as Team India’s captain.
Under Kohli, the Indian team had come close thrice to lift an ICC Trophy – the Champions Trophy in 2017, the 2019 World Cup, and the WTC final – but has failed to win the tournament.
Raina also backed the Delhi-born cricketer to win at least one ICC title for his side.
“Virat has been the No. 1 captain. His record proves that he has achieved a lot. I think he is the No. 1 batsman in the world. You’re talking about an ICC trophy but he hasn’t even won an IPL yet. He needs to be given some time,” the 34-year-old was quoted as saying by News24 Sports.
“We are not chokers, because we already have the 1983 World Cup, 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 World Cup. We need to understand that players are training hard. With three World Cups approaching, I don’t think anyone will call them chokers,” he added.