Ever since Virat Kohli took over as full-time Test skipper early in 2015, the graph of the Indian team has progressed only in one direction – upwards. The ace batsman has captained India in 17 Tests so far, out of which they have won 10 and lost just 2, whereas 5 have ended in a stalemate.
The primary highlight of Team India’s success under Kohli’s leadership has been the way in which some of the experienced hands have stepped up their game and are performing in a highly consistent manner. As a result, their individual statistics have also improved a lot in comparison to the numbers that they had under previous captains.
Here we take a look at 5 such cricketers who have thrived under Virat Kohli:
#5 Amit Mishra
Amit Mishra, the leg-spinner from Haryana, made a comeback to the Indian Test side after a period of four years in the year 2015. A lot had changed in Indian cricket on Mishra’s return to the Test fold including the skipper of the team in the longest format.
However, as it turned out, it was a welcome change for the leggie as his new captain, Virat Kohli, has shown much more faith in him in comparison to the other captain that he played most of his cricket under, MS Dhoni.
Mishra featured in 11 Tests during Dhoni’s reign as Test skipper and managed just 34 wickets at a terrible average of 45.82. Things have been completely different under Kohli’s leadership, though, as the 33-year old has grabbed 28 wickets in just 7 matches at a staggering average of 20.64.
Although Amit Mishra has received limited opportunities since making his comeback, Virat Kohli’s usage of him as an attacking bowler has certainly helped him thrive.