Can India win ICC World Cup 2019 in the captaincy of Kohli?

After the sixth consecutive defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2019 Indian Premier League, their prospects of qualifying in the playoff are looking slim.

The low-profile performances of the team have definitely influenced the morale of the players and it would be interesting to see how they inspire themselves to finish the season in a respectable position, even if the top four could not make place. However, the biggest thing is that the impact of these losses can be on the captaincy of Virat Kohli in the 2019 World Cup.

There are two other instances where the spark has left his eyes. The ‘horrific’ tour of England in 2014, and the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup, when he topped a pull shot and left without meeting the expectations of a nation. The same King Kohli was now bowing his head in despair.

Virat Kohli in the 2019 World Cup

This cannot happen for the first time when he has found himself in a hole, but this time it looks different. In England, he was still a young cricketer who was playing in the shadow of established Test cricketers. There was not enough pressure of expectation. He was not the captain of the team. Now he is captaining his country in all three formats.

And nowadays there is something new in the media. For the first time, people are questioning the creditworthiness of Kohli’s captaincy, 2019 Kohli has not been a great year as captain for the team.

India cricket team lost the T20I and ODI series against Australia in their captaincy, which was the last international assignment of the team before the World Cup. He would have hoped to promote his spirit to lead the RCB to lift the IPL trophy for the first time, but Kohli’s fortune as captain has continued to follow the same path of defeat, and now RCB was the sixth direct loss.

Without any doubt, Kohli has made some mistakes in this IPL season, such as not making an appropriate plan against Andre Russell or not joining with more spinners in the form of opener in the season.

However, what can a captain do if his players perform below par and are no able to hold their nerves in crucial moments? Cricket is a team game and all the players are responsible for the outcome of the match. Some good performances with Kohli’s bat, but certainly not being able to win the match.

There is no doubt that Virat Kohli is a good batsman. Currently, he is number one in ODI and Test. Since Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s departure from captaincy in 2017, Kohli has given India a lot of memorable win. He became the first Indian captain to win a Test Series in Australia and ODI series in South Africa. These victories prove how effective and successful his reign was as the Indian captain.

In addition to the horrific tour of England in 2014, there was not a single series where Kohli failed in his entire career. She has been phenomenal everywhere in all formats throughout the world. Especially since the beginning of 2016, Kohli has almost invincible against every and any opposition in any format of the game.

The level at which Kohli has been playing his game for the last 2-3 years is just unprecedented. His dominance in the T20 format (both in the IPL 2016 and in all T20 International games), which he called ‘Bradman of T20 cricket’. It matched the fact that he achieved an average of 100 in T20!

In 2014, a boy got up to become a man. In 2015, a man became a legend. In 2019, a legend will grow to become a captain?

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Shikha Vashishtt