The former cricketer Gautam Gambhir criticised Virat Kohli’s captaincy and said he is still an “apprentice” captain and had a long way to go.
He appreciated the master batsman kohli, but took a dig at Kohli’s captaincy.
“While Virat Kohli the batsman is an absolute master, Virat Kohli the captain is an apprentice. He has loads to learn. Rather than blaming the bowlers he should take the blame on himself,” he wrote in his column in The Times of India.
Gambhir led Kolkata Knight Riders in two IPL titles, also explained that Kohli and Royal Challengers Bangalore’s problems begin from the auction table last December while explaining how he would have approached the previous game.
“I would start with last year’s auction where they messed up. Why did they go for Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile if they knew these players were not available from the start?At a small venue like the Chinnaswamy, where the wicket is flat, I would have gone with an out-and-out fast bowler,”he said.
“Instead of getting Stoinis to bowl the remainder of Siraj’s over, he (Kohli) should have gone with Pawan Negi on a pitch where the ball was gripping. It is a no-brainer that (Andre) Russell likes pace on the ball.That is when Virat the leader should have been in the ears of Southee reminding him of his plans for Russell,”he added.
Gambhir also explained that Kohli needs to be a tactic captain and has lots to learn to become a power captain.