India vs England: Virat Kohli Doesn't Need 'Unnecessary Distraction' Around Captaincy - Kevin Pietersen

Debate round whether or not India ought to stick to Virat Kohli as Take a look at captain will proceed as a result of the group has misplaced its final 4 Assessments and as a result of presence of Ajinkya Rahane, says former England captain Kevin Pietersen. “I completely do not count on issues to vary, however it’s unimaginable to keep away from the persevering with debate across the Indian Take a look at match captaincy. Virat Kohli has now misplaced 4 consecutive Take a look at matches as skipper, and has Ajinkya Rahane, who simply led India to a well-known sequence win in Australia, in his facet,” Pietersen wrote in his weblog for Betway. Below Kohli, India misplaced two Assessments in New Zealand early final yr, the primary Take a look at in opposition to Australia in Adelaide in December and their first Take a look at in opposition to England in Chennai this week.

However, Rahane led the group to a outstanding 2-1 win in Australia after their heavy defeat in Adelaide. He’s but to lose a Take a look at match as India captain.

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“On social media, each radio station, each tv channel and each information channel, there are very deep discussions round what ought to occur. Captaining your nation may be very tough and sadly that is the character of the beast,” stated Pietersen.

“It is yet one more distraction that Kohli would not want however he’s, in fact, able to main his facet to a victory within the second Take a look at to quieten issues down a bit,” he additional stated.

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Pietersen additionally feels England quick bowler Stuart Broad is underneath strain to ship on this sequence. Broad was benched in favour of speedsters James Anderson and Jofra Archer. With Archer dominated out attributable to an damage, Broad might be chosen for the second Take a look at that begins on Saturday in Chennai.

“Whereas Anderson has now conquered every nation he has performed in, the one factor that Stuart Broad hasn’t carried out is carry out in India. His file — 10 wickets in six matches at a mean of practically 54 — is not spectacular in any respect,” Pietesen stated.

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“Anderson and Broad are hailed as an unbelievable partnership, and naturally they’ve been, however that is the distinction between the 2. If Broad needs to be globally recognised as a bowler that delivers in all circumstances, he is really underneath numerous strain to carry out within the second Take a look at,” the previous batsman stated.


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