Kohli perfect role model of a leader but captaincy still work in progress: Laxman

back icon
safari
16 Dec 2020 | 07:29 AM
authorPTI

Kohli perfect role model of a leader but captaincy still work in progress: Laxman

Laxman said Kohli leads by example as far as work ethic is concerned but tends to be a bit defensive in field settings besides the issue of changing the squad too often

heart

Share

Virat Kohli's captaincy is still work in progress despite him being a perfect role model for his teammates, feels former India batsman VVS Laxman, who wants the star to chop and change the squad a little less for greater stability.

Laxman said Kohli leads by example as far as work ethic is concerned but tends to be a bit defensive in field settings besides the issue of changing the squad too often.

"I mentioned so many times, the intensity and the body language he shows when he's on the field, whether he's batting or fielding, I think he leads by example and that is so infectious," Laxman shared his opinion on Star Sports show 'Cricket Connected'.

"It rubs off on all of his team-mates and that's why he's a perfect role model of how a captain should be. There's still work-in-progress as far as captaincy is concerned. Couple of things I think Virat Kohli can improve."

Laxman touched upon constant experiments with the line-up since Kohli took charge and said this can lead to insecurity among players. Kohli took charge as Test captain in 2014 and was handed the limited-overs' leadership in 2017.

"...there were certain times when I felt that he becomes little defensive, especially with his field changes.

"The second thing is chopping and changing the playing 11. With experience, I can say that any player, whether experienced or a newcomer, wants that stability, security so that he can focus on performing to the best of his abilities for the team. That's something which Virat Kohli can definitely improve on," he pointed out.

Laxman said getting the right combination in batting will be India's major challenge in the series-opening pink-ball Test at Adelaide, beginning Thursday.

"I think it's the batting line-up and it's the opening combination. When we see the practice games, I was surprised that KL Rahul was not playing the only practice match with the Pink Ball," he said.

"That means he is not in the fray as far as the first Test is concerned, which means it has to be decided between Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill. Prithvi Shaw, low in confidence, Shubman Gill hasn't played a single Test match.

"So, inexperience is there as far as the opening partner, who is going to open with Mayank Agarwal. So, that's the biggest question I feel Virat Kohli has in front of him," Laxman said.

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
Virat KohliIndia

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
India prefer Shaw over Gill, Saha instead of Pant
India's playing eleven for pink-ball Test against Australia announced
userPTI
16 Dec 2020
safari
ONTHISDAY
The Day Laxman and Dravid changed the face of Indian cricket
A look back on one of the greatest comebacks in Test cricket
userPramod Ananth
14 Mar 2020
safari
NEWS
Kohli backs Shaw despite technical shortcomings
International cricket is about finding one's own straps and Shaw also will work out what is best for him, feels the captain
userPTI
26 Feb 2020
safari
NEWS
World Test Championship pinnacle of all ICC tournaments: Kohli
He also dropped enough hints to indicate that Ishant and Shaw will be in the playing XI for the first Test
userPTI
19 Feb 2020
safari
NEWS
Revenge can't be on mind when you take on Kiwis: Kohli
Kohli also put a stout defense of his under fire New Zealand counterpart Williamson
userPTI
23 Jan 2020
safari
NEWS
Former India cricketers unhappy with Kohli at No. 4
The Indian captain dropped down to the No. 4 spot to accomodate Dhawan, Rohit and Rahul in the top three
userPTI
15 Jan 2020
safari
NEWS
India ready to play day/night Test anywhere in Australia, asserts Kohli
Australia want to play two Tests of the four-match series under lights when India tour next summer
userPTI
13 Jan 2020
safari
NEWS
Virat Kohli hopes day-night Test is 'one-off'
Kohli meanwhile is open to the idea of a Day/Night Test in Australia next year provided his team is allocated a practice match
userAgencies
21 Nov 2019
safari
NEWS
Rohit shouldn't make mistakes that I made when promoted to open: Laxman
Laxman was speaking to Deep Dasgupta, during an interview on the latter’s YouTube channel “Deep Point”
userPTI
28 Sep 2019
safari
NEWS
Pant can regain form by batting below No. 4: Laxman
The former Indian batsman feels that Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya are better suited to bat at 4
userPTI
23 Sep 2019
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved