Gautam Gambhir credits MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma for Virat Kohli's success as skipper

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir feels that Virat Kohli has been successful as skipper because of MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma
Gautam Gambhir credits MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma for Virat Kohli's success as skipperGautam Gambhir credits MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma for Virat Kohli's success as skipper
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Virat Kohli's exceptional knock at Mohali helped India win the second T20I against South Africa on Wednesday. During his knock, he went past teammate Rohit Sharma to become the leading run-scorer in the shortest format of the game. While Virat Kohli has been scoring a lot of runs in international cricket, his captaincy skills are often questioned by cricket pundits. Gautam Gambhir, former India opening batsman questioned Virat Kohli's skills as captain and said that MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma play a vital role in Kohli's success at the international level.

He said, "Still a long way to go for him. Kohli was very good in the last World Cup but he has a long way to go. He captains so well in international cricket because he has got Rohit Sharma, he had MS Dhoni for a long time."

He also felt that captaincy credentials are noticed when someone is leading his franchise side. While MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma have enjoyed tremendous amount of success for Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, Virat Kohli's effectiveness as skipper for Royal Challengers Bangalore has been questioned by many.

"Captaincy credentials are noticed when you are leading a franchise, when you do not have other players supporting you."

"I have been honest whenever I have spoken about this. See what Rohit Sharma has achieved for Mumbai Indians, see what Dhoni has achieved for Chennai Super Kings. If you compare that with RCB, the results are there for everyone to see."

Gambhir also backed Rohit Sharma to come good as an opener at the Test level.

He said, "I think KL Rahul has been given a longer run. It is time for Rohit to open the batting in Test cricket. If you pick him in the squad, he has to be a part of the playing XI. if he does not fit your playing XI, no point in picking him in the squad of 15 or 16. He is too good a player to be sitting on the bench."

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