Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen does not see any threat to Virat Kohli’s captaincy in the near future, but he can understand the debate about it after India lost four consecutive Tests under his captaincy. Under Kohli’s captaincy, India had lost two Tests in New Zealand early last year, after which the team suffered a humiliating defeat in the first Test in Adelaide in Australia in December and then England hosted the hosts in Chennai earlier this week. Defeated.
Peterson wrote in his blog post for ‘Betway’, ‘I don’t expect things to change at all but it is impossible to avoid the ongoing debate over India’s Test captaincy.’ He said, “Virat Kohli has now lost four consecutive Tests as captain and Ajinkya Rahane is in the team led by India which recently won a great series in Australia.” In the absence of Kohli, Rahane leads the Indian team struggling with injury problems that won the four-Test series 2–1 in Australia.
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This unexpected victory in Australia gave rise to the debate that Rahane should be replaced as Indian Test captain in place of Kohli. The former England captain, however, backed Kohli, saying that he was fully capable of leading the team to victory under his captaincy. Peterson said, ‘On social media, every radio station, every television channel and every news channel, there should be a lot of intense discussions about what it should be.
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It is very difficult to captain the country and unfortunately this is the nature of this work. He said, “This is another thing to distract the attention that Kohli does not need but of course he is able to win the team under his captaincy in the second Test to calm things down.”
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Pietersen also believes that after the brilliant bowling of James Anderson in the first Test, England’s experienced fast bowler Stuart Broad will be under pressure to perform well in the second Test. Under England’s rotation policy, Broad was rested from the first Test but is set to play in the second Test and Pietersen believes that this fast bowler might have the last chance to make his mark in India.