Former England captain Nasser Hussain feels that Indian captain Virat Kohli fiddles a little too much while leading his side on the pitch.
Speaking on Star Sports’ Cricket Connected, Hussain, who has led England in 45 Test matches, said, “First thing I would say is he’s his own man. It’s very easy coming after MS Dhoni and think, well, I’ve got to be like MS Dhoni, I’ve got to be this calm, calculated finisher, cool, ice man. Virat Kohli could never be the cool ice man. Virat Kohli wears his heart on his sleeve. If you watch Virat Kohli play football in the morning, I worry about some of his own players because he’s so keen to win, he could do a double-footed tackle at waist height to be honest because he just wants to win and that’s why in a run chase in white-ball cricket, if you ask me to name one person I want in a run chase in white-ball cricket, it would be Kohli because he sees that winning target and that’s all he’s interested in.
“So, he’s his own man, he’s got better at certain things or still certain areas I’d like to see Kohli improve on. I call him the tinker man. Every over, you have to change the field, he’s running up changing things, he tinkers a little bit too much.”
According to Hussain, India suffered badly in the World Cup last year by not investing in a proper No. 4 batsman. India heartbreakingly lost to New Zealand in the semifinals, losing by 18 runs.
“Selection, I know people say what’s that got to do with Kohli, but you got to have a selection plan. I think India did a lot of things well, I’m not sure selection is one of them. Coming to a World Cup, not knowing who your No. 4 is when you got so many great batsmen in India, their selection issues that need to be sorted out, but the whole point of captaincy is to win games of cricket. And if you look at Kohli’s record as a captain, it is right up there with the best there’s ever been,” said Hussain.