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"If Virat Kohli is a dictator, he will have to relinquish the captaincy," believes former English cricketer Monty Panesar English.Lokmat.com

"If Virat Kohli is a dictator, he will have to relinquish the captaincy," believes former English cricketer Monty Panesar

Virat Kohli took over from MS Dhoni to become the full-time captain from early 2017 onwards. Since then, the national side has performed well under him across all formats.
While the Ajinkya Rahane-led India stunned Australia in the four-match Test series in their own backyard, it is safe to claim that Kohli also needs to be given credit for the manner in which he has instilled aggression and competitiveness in the Indian team.
While India stand a chance to play the inaugural ICC World Test Championship final, at Lord's later this year. the Men in Blue have so far failed to win any ICC title under Kohli. Former England spinner Monty Panesar recently stated that if Kohli fails to inspire his side to an ICC title in the next two marquee events, slated to be held in India, he might have to step down from captaincy.
India's last ICC triumph was in the 2013 Champions Trophy, under Dhoni, whereas the side missed out on winning the championship in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy and 2019 ODI World Cup -- both under the 32-year-old Kohli.
With India set to host the next T20 World Cup, later this year, and also to play host in the next ODI World Cup, Kohli has a chance to lead India to glory.
“If India have a questionable series. If they don’t win the T20 World Cup, or the World Cup, because they’re both in India. I think after that Virat Kohli will have to step down. His captaincy is there but he definitely needs to win one out of the T20 or the World Cup in India,” Panesar told Sportskeeda.
Following Rahane-led India's 2-1 triumph over Australia, Panesar opined, "It’s an interesting debate. I think Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma’s combination works really well when they’re both given the leadership. It will be the skill of Virat Kohli to manage all the leaders now. This is going to be the next part of his captaincy,” he stated. He, thus, pointed out, “He likes his dictatorship style but this time he’ll have to start listening to other people. There may be times during the Test series when he may have to listen to the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Ravi Shastri, and Rohit Sharma,” Panesar added.

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