Indian cricket captain Virat Kolhi's captaincy had encountered doubts from the fans and fraternity time and again but former cricketer-turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar gave a clear insight on Kohli's leadership by comparing him to West Indie's cricket legend Vivian Richards.
An extremely impressed Majnrekar, while speaking on ESPNcricinfo amid the ongoing test series between England and India, said, "Tactically, people have issues with his captaincy, but this is where Virat Kohli is like Vivian Richards, where they are always hopeful, and when a captain believes that you can still make a match out of this one from the current situation."
Manjrekar’s remarks on Kohli’s captaincy came on latter’s decision to introduce Ashwin in the first over, which proved beneficial for the team on the penultimate day of the 1st Test against England.
Comparing Kohli to sir Richards, whose leadership prompted West Indies to get rewards out of no match, Manjrekar noted that captain's reaction on Ashwin's wicket after his risky move shows how the new team India thinks with Virat on the front.
"If you saw Virat Kohli's reaction when they got that wicket just before Lunch, it shows how this Team India think, especially with Virat Kohli at the helm," said Manjrekar.
On that note, R Ashwin became the first Indian spinner who took a wicket off the first ball of an innings when he sent back England's Rory Burns back to the pavilion.
However, on Day 4 of India vs England Test match, the Indian cricket team got in a trouble spot after they were bowled out for 337 against England's first innings total of 578. It meant a 241-run lead to the English team, leading fans to believe that India were out of the game.
Later, the Indian team bounced back in the match as they bowled them out for 177 in the 2nd innings, which set them for a target chase of 420. India lost Rohit by the end of the day, with batsman like Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant still waiting to bat.
The match, however, ended with England recording their first Test victory in India since 2012 after defeating the hosts for 192 on the final day of the Test opener in Chennai to register a victorious 227-run win and take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series on Tuesday.