Debate around Kohli's Test captaincy is impossible to avoid: Pietersen

back icon
safari
12 Feb 2021 | 09:16 AM
author
PTI

Debate around Kohli's Test captaincy is impossible to avoid: Pietersen

In the absence of Kohli, vice-captain Rahane led an injury-ravaged Indian team to a scintillating 2-1 series win in Australia

heart

Share

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen doesn't see any threat to Virat Kohli's captaincy in the foreseeable future but can understand the growing debate over it with India losing four consecutive Tests under his leadership.

Under Kohli's captaincy, India lost two Tests in New Zealand early last year, suffered a humiliating defeat in the series opener against Australia in Adelaide in December before going down to England in the first match in Chennai earlier this week.

"I absolutely don't expect things to change, but it is impossible to avoid the continuing debate around the Indian Test match captaincy," Pietersen wrote in his blog post for 'Betway'.

"Virat Kohli has now lost four consecutive Test matches as skipper, and has Ajinkya Rahane, who just led India to a famous series win in Australia, in his side," he added.

In the absence of Kohli, vice-captain Rahane led an injury-ravaged Indian team to a scintillating 2-1 series win in Australia.

The unlikely win in Australia gave rise to the debate if Kohli should be replaced by Rahane as India's Test captain.

However, the former England skipper threw his weight behind Kohli, saying he is perfectly capable to lead his side to victory.

"On social media, every radio station, every television channel and every news channel, there are very deep discussions around what should happen. Captaining your country is very difficult and unfortunately, this is the nature of the beast.

"It's one more distraction that Kohli doesn't need but he is, of course, capable of leading his side to a victory in the second Test to quieten things down a bit," Pietersen said.

The 40-year-old also feels the pressure will be on veteran English pacer Stuart Broad to perform in the second Test after James Anderson bowled a match-winning spell in the series opener.

"Whereas Anderson has now conquered each country he has played in, the one thing that Stuart Broad hasn't done is perform in India. His record 10 wickets in six matches at an average of nearly 54 isn't spectacular at all.

"Anderson and Broad are hailed as an incredible partnership, and of course they have been, but this is the difference between the two," Pietersen said.

Broad, who was rested for the first Test as part of England's rotation policy, is set to play in the second game and Pietersen feels this series maybe the last chance for the pacer to create a legacy in India.

"If Broad wants to be globally recognised as a bowler that delivers in all conditions, he's actually under quite a lot of pressure to perform in the second Test.

"Not only does replacing an in-form Anderson in the team bring its own demands, but it will also probably be his last chance to nail it in India. He is an experienced and wonderful bowler, though, so he has every chance." 

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
England tour of India, 2021India tour of Australia, 2020/21IndiaEnglandAustraliaVirat KohliKevin PietersenAjinkya Rahane

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
Pietersen congratulates India with a cheeky message
India roared back into the four-match series with a crushing 317-run victory in a little over three days
userPTI
16 Feb 2021
safari
FEATURE
James Anderson: A tireless workhorse who has aged well with time
The England great turns 38 today. On his birthday, we look at various phases in his career
userPramod Ananth
30 Jul 2020
safari
NEWS
Broad has a good chance of surpassing my Test wicket tally, says Anderson
"The way he has bowled the past two games has been phenomenal, and an absolute credit to himself and the work he's put in over the past few years," Anderson told Sky Sports
userPTI
29 Jul 2020
safari
NEWS
Broad says he could be last paceman in '500 club'
The 34-year-old Broad is only the seventh bowler in history to have taken 500 Test wickets and the fourth quick
userAFP
29 Jul 2020
safari
NEWS
Broad still has fire in the belly, can claim 600 Test wickets: Atherton
Recently, Broad said he wanted to emulate compatriot James Anderson, who is still going strong at 37
userPTI
27 Jul 2020
safari
NEWS
Anderson, Broad complement each other for England, feel ex-cricketers
Former England captain Alec Stewart believes the duo should play together for England as long as it is possible
userPTI
26 Jul 2020
safari
NEWS
Anderson's longevity inspires Broad
Broad believes he can follow the example of longstanding new-ball colleague James Anderson by extending his international career into his late 30s
userAFP
20 Jul 2020
safari
NEWS
Darren Gough "really surprised" to see Broad miss opening Test
Gough said both the senior pacers in the side -- Anderson and Broad -- should have been included in the team
userPTI
09 Jul 2020
safari
OPINION
Kevin Pietersen: The controversial genius
On this day in 1980, one of the best batsman to put on an England shirt, Kevin Pietersen was born
userAshish Pant
26 Jun 2020
safari
OPINION
Stuart Broad: The perfect partner to James Anderson
On this day in 1986, Stuart Christopher John Broad, a lanky fast bowler was born in Nottingham. Broad is the second English bowler to bag 400 wickets in Tests
userAnirudh Kasargod
24 Jun 2020
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved