Monday, 5 December 2016

A Comparison Between MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli as a Test Captain

Virat Kohli take Team India No. 1 Ranking in Test
     Virat Kohli as a captain has savored a very bright start to his career, hovering with former captain MS Dhoni. Here’s how his numbers stack up against Dhoni. Of the 20 Tests captained, Kohli has recorded 12 wins and 6 draws and 2 defeats. These numbers are similar to what Dhoni attained in his first 20 Tests. This is just the beginning as Kohli still has a long way to go as a captain.

MS Dhoni with ICC Test Champion Mace
     Going back to time when Dhoni took over the captaincy from veteran Rahul Dravid, India was going through a rough patch. It was when India needed someone to lead the side gamely and courageously. Inexperienced though, MS Dhoni promised to revive Indian cricket. And yes, he transformed the team into a mighty and formidable one. With predictions of the downfall of Indian cricket, the critics however initially did their bit to scourge the unlikely choice Dhoni who was handed to reins of national team.

Virat Kohli vs MS Dhoni in Test Matches
     Prioritizing his own ideas over sticking to pre-defined plans, Dhoni hardly took six years to turn India a cricketing force. His natural instinct and extraordinary ability to lead the game had been conclusive in many wins earlier. With almost every major trophy under his belt – World Cup T20, the Border-Gavaskar trophy, the CB series, the Champions Trophy and the ICC World Cup – Dhoni as a captain has scaled up Indian cricket to loftier heights than any other captain before him. However, a few poor results towards the end entailed a change in captaincy, at least in the Test Cricket. The change required after Dhoni faced couple of bitter whitewashes overseas to England and Australia.

Captain Virat Kohli and Team India with ICC Championship Mace
     Virat Kohli, the most flamboyant name in India, was proposed to dethrone the erstwhile savior MS Dhoni. As the time rolled by and the results started going in India’s favor under Kohli’s captaincy, the chorus backing Kohli got lauder and lauder. And as a result, Kohli became the permanent Test captain for India. Kohli, besides being an exceptionally talented batsman, is a passionate and aggressive captain. He does everything to mark his presence in the match both as batsman and as a captain. Unbeatable since 16 Tests, Kohli has made India the top-ranked side.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

A Thumping 8-Wicket Win Extends India’s Unbeaten Streak

India vs England 3rd Test: India Won by 8 Wkts
       India Vs England third Test, Mohali: Indian bowlers set an early win with more than a day to spare. On day four, bowlers did what they meant business. Half the work had been done earlier day four, and the rest remained no struggle.

Virat Kohli Thumps Up after Winning India vs England 3rd test at Mohali
      With six wickets in hand, England started the day trailing by 56 runs. But before they could level the score, India gave them two massive blows in the morning session. Jadeja took just two deliveries on the day to catch the night-watchman, Gareth Batty leg before wicket. Jos Buttler, who was scoring run-a-ball, threw his wicket at 18 against Jayant Yadav. With Buttler, England lost their 6th wicket. Then came Haseeb Hameed at No. 8, who was seen opening the innings in last two matches. Playing steady, Hameed showed some fight with an unbeaten half-century (59*). Barring Hameed and Root, no English batsman could score a fifty. Joe Root scored 78 off 179 balls, but his effort was not good enough to get England back into the game. England finished 236 in the second innings, setting a target of 103 runs. Vijay lost his wicket down-market; he couldn’t even get off the mark. But, Parthiv Patel, at the other end, played a swashbuckling innings to get India an early win. He scored unbeaten 67 in just 54 balls.

Ravindra Jadeja Become Man of the Match in Mohali Test
      Ravindra Jadeja cut a promising figure in the match both with bat and ball. His stellar all-round performance earned him the man of the match. It was his 170-ball 90 that swung the tide in India’s favor. Jadeja played his career’s best innings at Mohali. Not just that, he also took two wickets each in both the innings. However, what all Jadeja would be disappointed with is he missed his first ton in international cricket. On trying to loft it for a six against leg-spinner, Jadeja lost his wicket. But until, then he had done his job taking India in a strong position.