Regardless of his historic achievements, Virat Kohli will leave behind a damaged legacy unless he corrects a key abnormality in his international career, both as a batsman and as leader.
Greatness is defined by the Oxford dictionary as “the attribute of being exceptionally good in ability or quality and hence adored by many people.” Virat Kohli, the current captain of Team India and a run machine, fits this description to a tee.
However, judging a cricketer on the basis of the aforementioned description will only provide us with a skewed sense of brilliance. It has to be changed to include “the quality of being very good in ability or quality’on the big event’…”
Is Virat Kohli the right man for the job? If I may say so, the answer is self-explanatory.
Virat Kohli’s latest test of greatness as a player and leader came in the World Test Championship (WTC) Final in Southampton against New Zealand. There was a lot of hype and build-up this time, as well as discussion of forgetting what happened before. When the same circumstance is repeated, however, one is compelled to make comparisons to the past.
Final of the 2017 Champions Trophy
Virat Kohli comes in with the score on 339 and Rohit Sharma has been removed without scoring in the first over. He receives a great delivery from Mohammad Amir in the third over, which he edges behind, but the catch is lost. Virat Kohli had a fantastic opportunity to capitalize on his good fortune. What will he do at the next ball? He tries to flick one to the on side and gets a leading edge, allowing his wicket to be handed over to point.
Semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup
India, one of the favorites to win the World Cup in 2019, needs 240 points to reach the final. Virat Kohli comes in with Rohit Sharma out early for the second time, this time in the second over. Virat Kohli is back in the hut after being trapped lbw by Trent Boult while playing across the line an over later.
In both matches, India was defeated. Let’s not forget the 2015 World Cup semi-final, when he was not yet captain but already the team’s leading batsman. In Sydney, India were chasing 329, but Virat Kohli went back in the box for 1 off 13, miscuing a Mitchell Johnson pull straight up in the air.
It’s worth noting that all three of Virat Kohli’s errors occurred while India was chasing, which is something the Indian skipper enjoys doing. To put things in perspective, the seasoned Pakistan combo of Azhar Ali and Mohammad Hafeez struck key half-centuries in the 2017 Champions Trophy final, in addition to Fakhar Zaman’s century.
In the 2015 World Cup semi-finals, Steve Smith, who is often compared to Virat Kohli, hit a match-winning century, while Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor struck 67 and 74 respectively in the 2019 World Cup semi-finals. Virat Kohli, on the other hand, has dismal numbers: 1 (2015 WC semis), 5 (2017 CT final), and 1. (2019 WC semis). The WTC final figures can now be added to the list as well.
Looking back over history, the majority of great players have always risen to the occasion on game day. In World Cup finals, Vivian Richards, Aravinda de Silva, Ricky Ponting, and Adam Gilchrist have all scored hundreds, while MS Dhoni came up just short of three figures in 2011.
Icc world test championship score
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— Rahul Gupta (@rahulgupta_0622) June 23, 2021
It wasn’t the first time Virat Kohli’s wordplay has gotten attention. After India’s semi-final loss to New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup, the Indian skipper famously said, “45 minutes of terrible cricket puts you out of the competition.” It’s difficult to take.”
Were any lessons learned, however? On the final day of the WTC final, another terrible hour of batting cost them the title. Requesting a best-of-three final is a sensible idea for the future, but it cannot be used as a justification for losing, especially given India’s prospects in Southampton.
Virat Kohli might complete his career with every major record under his belt. But his half-baked alter ego, who appears in major games in place of the real Virat Kohli, will continue to face awkward questions. Virat Kohli is 32 years old, and time is running out for him to live up to the presumption of grandeur that has been placed upon him.