Virat Kohli’s captaincy in Test cricket is greatly miss in India, according to Michael Vaughan. India lost the first Test in the England series by 28 runs.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan feels India would not have lost the Hyderabad Test if Virat Kohli had led the side. The hosts were in command with a big 190-run advantage after the first innings. They were unable to match England’s intensity as their hitters put on a magnificent show in the middle.
Ollie Pope scored 196 runs, and Ben Foakes and Tom Hartley helped England to a mammoth total of 420 runs in the second innings. Following that, rookie Tom Hartley stole the show with a seven-wicket haul as the visitors won by 28 runs.
India missed Kohli’s captaincy in the red ball format
“They really miss Virat Kohli’s captaincy in Test cricket. Under Virat’s leadership that week, India would not have lost the game. Rohit is a legend and an excellent player. But I thought he simply turned off totally,” Vaughan remarked on the Club Prairie Fire broadcast.
Meanwhile, India suffered its first Test defeat at home after building a 100-plus run lead in the first innings. Many former cricketers, including Vaughan and Anil Kumble, have commented about the bowlers’ lack of intensity, which the Three Lions capitalised on. On the other side, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja have been ruled out of the second Test in Vizag, which is scheduled to begin on February 2.
Sarfaraz Khan, Washington Sundar, and Saurabh Kumar replaced them in the squad. Sarfaraz is one of the players most likely to make his national team debut. He was exceptional against the England Lions, which helped the kid earn his berth in the Indian team. As things stand, Rajat Patidar or Sarfaraz are set to replace Rahul in the playing XI. While Kuldeep Yadav is expected to take the place of Jadeja.