Former India captain Virat Kohli has been one of the most impactful, passionate, and aggressive captains in the longest format of the game. Virat has led India to the No. 1 position in all three formats while earning Test mace in 2017 and reaching the playoffs of different multinational tournaments. Although, he has been criticised by fans and critics for not winning any of those multinational events.
In a recent interview with his Indian T20 League franchise, Kohli revealed that despite making it into the semifinals and finals of different tournaments, people still call him a failed captain. Former England cricketer Monty Panesar, on the other hand, slammed Kohli.According to Panesar, no one remembers the tournament’s second- and third-place teams.
In a tweet, Panesar said, “Unfortunately, that’s the pressure of being captain of India. No one remembers second or third-place teams. We always remember winners of multinational tournaments.” Panesar was responding to a news piece quoting Virat’s comments about his captaincy during a podcast released by the Bangalore franchise.
Unfortunately that’s the pressure of being captain of India. No 1 remembers second or third place teams. We always remember winners of ICC tournaments. https://t.co/D81R7fxDyZ
— Monty Panesar (@MontyPanesar) February 26, 2023
‘They call me a failed captain”, says Virat Kohli
Kohli in the podcast released by the Bangalore franchise has spoken about his personal and professional life. In the second episode of the podcast, Kohli also spoke about his captaincy tenure with team India. Remembering the team’s performance Kohli said, “Look you play to win tournaments, and a lot was made of it, to be honest. We reached the finals of the 2017 Champions Trophy, we reached the semis of the World Cup, and the finals of the Test Championship, and I was considered a failed captain. I never judged myself from that point of view.”
“What we ended up achieving as a team and the cultural change, for me that’s always going to be a matter of pride because tournaments happen for a certain period but a culture happens over a long period, and for that, you need consistency, for that you need more character than just winning a tournament”, he further added.