India captain Virat Kohli is the world’s best batsman, according to former England spinner Monty Panesar. Kolhi is statistically the fourth-best Test batsman in the ICC World rankings but is No 1 when it comes to One Day Internationals.
Kohli has faced questions over his future as India captain since the dramatic Test series win over Australia.
India came back from 1-0 down to beat Australia 2-1 Down Under, with Kohli missing the last three matches of the series due to paternity leave.
But Panesar believes the 32-year-old’s dedication, skill level and attitude to be the best batsman in the world means he should keep the captaincy for the time being.
“Look at Virat Kohli, why is he the best batsman in the world?” Panesar told Sportskeeda.
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“Because of his attitude, attitude to fitness, to diet. It’s not just about the skill level, it’s everything, commitment.
“And this is what they are demanding, that is why Virat Kohli should be the captain because he is a role model to the next generation in terms of fitness, in terms of skill level, dedication.
“This is the way you play the game. I am a big, big fan of Virat Kohli still being the captain of the India team in all formats.”
However, Panesar admits there may be a time where Kohli will have to relinquish leadership of the India side.
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He thinks if India do not win either of the next two major tournaments on home soil, then Kohli will pass the baton on to someone else.
Panesar added: “I’m sure there will be a point where he will be thinking ‘Have I beaten all the records as a Test captain?’, and then after that there’s nothing else to achieve, maybe hand it over to Ajinkya Rahane so he can concentrate more on getting the runs.
“But it’s up to him as the individual, I think he gets more out of himself as a player when he’s the captain
“He’s able to score runs, he loves the responsibility.
“It’s interesting that people are thinking that Virat Kohli should step down but I just think that India has a stronger leadership group and India should keep Virat Kohli as captain.
“But he’s put himself in a position now where people do question if India have a questionable series, if they don’t win the T20 World Cup or the World Cup in India, I think after that I think Virat Kohli will have to step down.
“He definitely needs to win one of the trophies, either the T20 or the World Cup in India.”
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