Former England cricketer Graeme Swann has backed Virat Kohli to continue as the captain of India across formats despite their humiliating defeat against New Zealand in the final of the inaugural World Test Championship at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
Indian team was completely outplayed by the Kiwis in all three departments during the recently-concluded finale.
After Kohli’s men were bowled out for just 170 runs on the Reserve Day of the WTC final, the Kane Williamson-led side put up a good show and chased down the paltry target without much fuss to clinch their first major ICC trophy since 2000.
India’s disappointing defeat in another showpiece event has sparked a debate over a change in the captaincy.
While many fans want Virat Kohli to be sacked from the position, Swann believes that the 32-year-old cricketer is an ideal option for the leadership role.
Speaking to Sportskeeda, the 42-year-old said, “Virat Kohli is an absolute champion and a superstar. He has added steel to the Indian team. You only have to see his passion whenever a wicket goes. He is 100% committed to that job. To get rid of Virat Kohli at the moment, when you have such a good captain, would be an absolute crime against cricket.
“I don’t think they should look elsewhere. India lost that game because they were underprepared and under-cooked going into that Test match,” Swann added.