There is no doubt that Team India is enjoying a phenomenal run under Virat Kohli’s leadership. Made a full-time captain in 2015 when MS Dhoni announced his test cricket retirement, Virat Kohli has become India’s most successful captain in the test matches surpassing Dhoni. The series win over NZ was India’s 14th consecutive in the home conditions. Virat has recently acquired an enviable record of being involved in at least 50 winning matches of India across all three formats.
Over the last two years, India’s middle-order has been a concern for the test side with the likes of Pujara and Rahane being out of form. Rahane’s only worth-remembering thing in the last two years was scoring a century in Adelaide this year and ultimately leading the depleted Indian side to a famous victory and series win at Gabba.
Many ex-cricketers have praised Virat Kohli’s captaincy recently and this time Pakistani ex-cricketer has heaped praises on Kohli for backing Ajinkya Rahane. Speaking on a Youtube channel, Salman Butt said, “Players remember the ones who stick to them when they are running out of form. The reason that Kohli is one of the most successful captains in Test Cricket is because he supports his out-of-form players”. He trusts his people. He gives them confidence through thick and thin and this why players respond. Kohli said that he has seen the problems Ajinkya is facing in his batting”
Speaking of Ajinkya Rahane, Salman feels that the player has been a top performer for India and that the batsman has scored runs abroad too. Rahane who led the 1st test match against NZ was unable to play in the second test due to a hamstring niggle. During the presentation ceremony of the 2nd test match, Kohli commented that he cannot judge Rahane’s form and that only the player knows what he is going through.
There are speculations Rahane may be dropped off Vice-captaincy and even from the team if his form does not improve. A BCCI source earlier revealed that Rahane’s position as test side vice-captain may not be correct if the player is not the automatic choice for the playing eleven.
The Indian team is set to depart to South Africa on the 15th or 16th of December and the 1st test match will take on 26th of December at SuperSport Park, Centurion