Former England cricketer, Monty Panesar has stated that it’s high time for Virat Kohli to guide India to triumph in the ODI and T20 World Cups. According to him, if Virat fails to lead India to a world title, then he should leave captaincy of the national team. Kohli is leading India in shorter formats since 2017.
The right-handed batsman has led to a number of triumph in bilateral series but doesn’t have a world cup to his name. While India lost to Pakistan in the final of Champions Trophy in 2017, New Zealand thumped India in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.
“If India have a questionable series. If they don’t win the T20 World Cup, or the World Cup, because they’re both in India. I think after that Virat Kohli will have to step down. His captaincy is there but he definitely needs to win one out of the T20 or the World Cup in India,” Panesar told Sportskeeda.
After Virat Kohli’s departure from Australia, Ajinkya Rahane, the stand-in skipper, led India to a historic Test series win. Panesar feels Virat Kohli will have to leave his dictator style and listen to other teammates.
“It’s an interesting debate. I think Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma’s combination works really well when they’re both given the leadership. It will be the skill of Virat Kohli to manage all the leaders now. This is going to be the next part of his captaincy,” he stated.
“He likes his dictatorship style but this time he’ll have to start listening to other people. There may be times during the Test series when he may have to listen to the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Ravi Shastri, and Rohit Sharma,” Panesar added.