The debate regarding who India’s Test captain should be has been raging on for quite some time and former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has voiced his opinions. The same started heating up after the tour of Australia where India came up trumps by defying all odds under Ajinkya Rahane. Now, with Virat Kohli back as captain and with a full-strength side, the team seems to be struggling, having lost the first Test at home against England.
The second Test begins tomorrow in Chennai even as the debate continues to rage on. Another noteworthy point to consider is that there are some calling for Ajinkya Rahane to be dropped from the team due to his poor batting form at home. In such a case, removing Kohli as captain would not be the right decision. Amidst all of this, it remains almost certain that Virat Kohli will continue to be India’s captain.
‘I don’t expect things to change’ – Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen discussed India’s captaincy debate on his blog for Betway and wrote, “I absolutely don’t expect things to change, but it is impossible to avoid the continuing debate around the Indian Test match captaincy. Virat Kohli has now lost four consecutive Test matches as skipper, and has Ajinkya Rahane, who just led India to a famous series win in Australia, in his side.”
“On social media, every radio station, every television channel and every news channel, there are very deep discussions around what should happen. Captaining your country is very difficult and unfortunately, this is the nature of the beast,” said Pietersen. “It’s one more distraction that Kohli doesn’t need but he is, of course, capable of leading his side to a victory in the second Test to quieten things down a bit,” he further said.
The second Test between India and England begins tomorrow in Chennai.