Former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal has defended Virat Kohli after India’s defeat in the finale of the World Test Championship. He stated that people who haven’t led a team in gully cricket have no right to question Virat Kohli. The match against New Zealand was the third instance under Virat that India had a chance to win an ICC tournament, after coming close at the 2017 Champions Trophy and the 2019 World Cup.
Calling Virat the best skipper after MS Dhoni, Akmal said that all those wanting him to leave the captaincy must not forget his track record.
“Virat Kohli is the best captain after MS Dhoni. He has 70 centuries. He played the Champions Trophy and the 2019 World Cup. Sure enough, India lost but what is his fault in it? India have remained the No. 1 Test for five years. Look at his achievement, his service… his captaincy is terrific. There is no doubt about it. He is an amazing player and the way he has prepared himself is phenomenal,” Akmal told sports presenter Sawera Pasha on her YouTube channel.
He feels even if Virat is removed from the post, it would not guarantee India an ICC title.
“He is an amazing player, amazing captain, and no one can guarantee that if India changes the captain, they will win ICC tournaments. It is a matter of luck. It is easy to point fingers, especially for those who have no idea about cricket. People who have not even led a gull team are now giving Kohli and India advice to change their captain,” Akmal pointed out.
“I don’t think he would be affected by any of such things. He is mentally strong, a big performer. No one comes close to him. To score so many centuries and average over 50 in all three formats. Amazing.”