IND vs SL: Not just for India, Virat Kohli left legacy for world cricket as Test skipper, says Dinesh Karthik
IND vs SL: India wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik has said that Virat Kohli left a lasting legacy as Test captain for world cricket.
Kohli stepped down as Test captain earlier this year, and Rohit Sharma took over. Kohli will play his 100th Test against Sri Lanka in Mohali, while Rohit will captain the side for the first time in Tests.
“I do not think Virat Kohli has just left a legacy for Indian cricket, he has left a legacy for world cricket. The intensity with which India has played Test cricket for the last few years has been phenomenal. The world has been amazed by how much energy Virat can bring. People all around the globe enjoyed that. I think Kohli brought fitness to the table and he has made that a mandate, people have followed that and you can see the standard of fielding has gone up two notches,” said Karthik on the ‘ICC Review’.
When asked about the highlight of Kohli’s captaincy tenure, Karthik said:
“I think for me, it would be the Australia tour of India when India lost the first Test in Pune on a rank turner. A lot of eyeballs raised on how can India lose on a turning pitch but after that, they played in Bengaluru, things just went on an upward curve after that. Backs were against the wall after the first Test.”
Kohli was supposed to play his 100th Test during the South Africa series earlier this year. But fate has it that he will do so in India, in front of a half-capacity crowd at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.
He holds the record for the most Test appearances as India’s captain (68). As well as the most Test victories by an Indian captain (40). In Test cricket, only Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting, and Steve Waugh have won more matches as captain than Kohli.
Kohli took charge of the team for the first time in a Test match against Australia in 2014. In his final match as captain, India lost by seven wickets in the Cape Town Test in South Africa. It was never going to be easy to fill MS Dhoni’s shoes. But Kohli stepped up to the plate and soon established himself as one of the best minds the country has ever seen in Test cricket.