Graeme Smith questions Virat Kohli's captaincy skills

Erika Holt
January 23, 2018

The third and final Test match between South Africa and India gets underway at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Wednesday, with the Proteas looking to complete a 3-0 series victory over the visitors. "Pujara is a fantastic player and but at the moment I think the player at the crucial No. 3 spot should be scoring briskly and playing his shots from the beginning", wrote the 67-year-old, who scored 4378 Test runs with 11 centuries. That has given us a chance in both test matches to win games.

"Sometimes as a leader you've got to consider how you impact the others in the environment, that's an area of his leadership that he needs to grow".

The India Women's Cricket Team is scheduled to play South Africa women's cricket team from February 2 to 24. Since the captain Kohli also has to focus on improving his individual performance in England (after his disastrous outing on the previous tour in 2014 when he aggregated 134 runs in five Tests for an average of 13, without once crossing the 50-mark), it is high time the world's best-paid cricket coach started earning the crores he is getting.

"For him, he's built this aura and for him maybe to find a level where he can connect with all his players, to get to a level where he can get the Indian team to be as successful as he is, that's something that he, when I watch him, is grappling with".

India coach Ravi Shastri.

Kohli was asked this, "In hindsight, do you think you should have come early here (South Africa) to prepare for the series?"

In the first two Test matches, India was outplayed in nearly every department of the game.

"The way he goes about his work, it's nearly a case of 'leading by example'".

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Smith, who first led Proteas at the age of 22 said that he feels Kohli's opinions go unchallenged in the dressing room.

Subscribe to the IOL Sport Newsletter! . Skipper Virat Kohli also agreed that their opponents were way better.

Hindustan Times will bring you live cricket score of all India vs South Africa Freedom Series Test matches. Not going with the general notion of wrong team selection, Smith directly pointed out that Virat is not a genuine captainship material and that he doesn't see a future leader in him.

"That [debate] will always be the case", Shastri was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

Though India had rested most of its regulars for the limited-over series against Sri Lanka, Shastri was also asked if he thought that sending Test specialists early to South Africa could have helped.

"When we closed the gap thanks to Virat's (Kohli) brilliant innings (in Centurion), and had them two-down just 30 runs ahead, we looked like the No 1 team in overseas conditions".

With their formidable fast bowling attack, coupled with more resolute batting and better fielding in the first two Tests, South Africa will again start favourites although they will be wary of a potential Indian backlash.

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