Virat Kohli is playing 70% of his potential:– Former Indian cricketer, VVS Laxman heaps praise on Virat Kohli’s captaincy on Friday. VVS Laxman believes that Virat Kohli has been very proactive with his captaincy in the ongoing World Cup, but has said that the Indian skipper has been playing only 70% of his potential and can play even better.
“It is very important that you give importance to each game and you cannot think very far ahead. But the way Virat Kohli has done captaincy, it was proactive captaincy. And the confidence he has shown in his bowlers, it is good to see. I still think he is playing at 70 percent of his potential and can play even better. But despite playing at his 70 percent potential, the way India is managing to have convincing back-to-back wins, it is good to watch,” he said.
Laxman also talked about the importance of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s importance in the team, saying that the Indian team is fortunate to have him in the dressing room.
“He (Dhoni) is the most experienced player and he always had the game-awareness. Dhoni is a kind of player who shares his knowledge with the youngsters. Not only batsmen, but bowlers also get benefit from Dhoni when they have a conversation. I think team India is very lucky to have MS Dhoni in the dressing room,” Laxman said.
Dhoni faced criticism over his inability to rotate the strike in the Afghanistan match. The former Indian captain scored just 28 runs off as many as 52 deliveries. India, at the end of 50 over could only manage to score 224 runs in 50 overs.
However, the Indian wicket-keeper finished powerfully in the next game against West Indies. He notched as many as 56 runs off 61 deliveries, including three fours and 2 sixes.
Virat Kohli is playing 70% of his potential:– With Shikhar Dhawan getting ruled out of the World Cup and Vijay Shankar not performing with the bat at number four, the quest to find the ideal batsman at number four has once against started.
Laxman hasn’t been too impressed with Vijay Shankar at number four. He stressed on the reserves in the form Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant but left it on to the team management to decide on that matter.
“Indian team and the management do have the option. Vijay Shankar has been given the opportunity but his performance with the bat has not been that good so far. I think Dinesh Karthik is an experienced player, Rishabh Pant is a left-handed batsman and has been included after Shikhar Dhawan got injured. So the team management does have the option and it is yet to see when and where they are going to use it.” he said.