Former England spinner Monty Panesar has said that if India also loses the second Test against England starting on Saturday, then Virat Kohli should resign from the captaincy. Under Kohli’s captaincy, the Indian cricket team has lost four consecutive Test matches. India suffered a 227-run defeat against England in Chennai on Tuesday and before that, India had also suffered defeats under Kohli’s captaincy in Adelaide, Christchurch and Wellington. After these defeats, questions are being raised on Kohli’s captaincy.
Panesar told Vienne, “Virat Kohli is one of the greatest batsmen ever. But the team is no longer performing well under his captaincy and we have the results of India’s last four Test matches played under Kohli’s captaincy.” I think Kohli will be under more pressure now, as Rahane has done brilliantly as a captain. ”
India is scheduled to play the second test of the ongoing four-match Test series with England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai from Saturday. England won the first Test and took a 1-0 lead in the series. Before the defeat to England, India was invincible for the last 14 Tests at home.
He said, “India has already lost four Test matches under his captaincy and if the number increases to five in the next match, I think Kohli should step down from his post.” Panesar, who contributed to England’s historic series win by taking 17 wickets on a tour of India in 2012-13, also strongly criticized the team management’s decision to replace Shahbaz Nadeem in place of Kuldeep Yadav.
India went on to tour New Zealand last year under Kohli’s captaincy, where they had to face a 0–2 sweep in the two-match Test series. After this, he was defeated by eight wickets in the first day-night Test played in Adelaide during the recent tour of Australia. However, after this Kohli returned home after the birth of his first child and Ajinkya Rahane took command of the team in his absence.
Rahane captained three Test matches during the Australia tour, in which India won the Melbourne Test, while the Sydney Test was a draw. After this, India won the final and fourth match played in Brisbane and defeated Australia 2–1. Kohli returned to the team for the four-Test series against England and India once again suffered defeat under his captaincy.