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5 areas where Virat Kohli can improve as Test captain

From chasing the ball to engaging in flare-ups, here are a few aspects that Kohli should reconsider.

Top 5 / Top 10 29 Mar 2017, 00:14 IST
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Kohli has had an impressive start to his captaincy career

Among all captains in Test history with at least 25 matches at the helm, Virat Kohli’s win-loss ratio of 5.33 is comfortably the best. As evidenced by his captaincy record of 16 victories and three defeats, he is rapidly evolving into an efficient leader.

However, a majority of those games have come on home soil and tougher tests await. With gruelling tours outside the subcontinent beginning later this year, all eyes will be on Kohli’s captaincy and how he can galvanise the world’s top-ranked team outside their comfort zone.

Even though his leadership skills are progressing in the right direction, there are still quite a few aspects that he has to improve upon to meet sterner challenges.

Here are five areas Kohli needs to fine-tune in order to become one of the most impactful captains of the modern era.

#5 Solve the second new-ball conundrum

Virat Kohli
Mitchell Starc capitalised on the second new ball to swell Australia’s total in Pune

More often than not, the second new-ball grants succour to tired bowlers and demoralised captains. However, at times, it can work against the team’s favour as the runs begin to flow from either well-set or dangerous batsmen.

Having had to think on his feet, Kohli has often alternated between both worlds. While he has looked to delay taking the second new-ball in quite a few matches, the 28-year-old has also got sucked into taking the option when he did not need to.

During the first Test against Australia in Pune, he opted for a harder ball despite the fact that the number eleven batsman was at the crease. Consequently, Mitchell Starc wrested back the momentum with a manic half-century. A more prudent approach could have yielded better results. 

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