Virat Kohli has won nothing as a leader: Gautam Gambhir

Written by Toshi Pawar

Despite being regarded as one of the best batsmen in the modern-era, Virat Kohli has been unable to win an ICC trophy as captain. He has also been unable to lead Royal Challengers Bangalore to an IPL Trophy.

Speaking in the latest episode of Star Sports’ Cricket Connected, former India batsman Gautam Gambhir said that Kohli still has a lot to achieve in his career. On being asked if there are still a few milestones left for the 31-year-old, Gambhir replied: “Lots, in a team sport.”

He added: “You can keep scoring your own runs. There are people like Brian Lara who’s got so many runs. People like Jacques Kallis who have won nothing, Virat Kohli, at the moment, has won nothing to be honest, as a leader.”

“He has a lot to achieve. He can keep scoring his own runs. But for me, in a team sport, till the time you don’t win those big trophies, you will never be considered… probably you will never fulfill your entire career,” Gambhir further said.

“He’s different from the rest. Probably a lot of other people might not have the same ability that Virat Kohli has. As a leader, the most important quality which he needs to have is start taking players as they are. Don’t compare them, or don’t compare their intensity to his intensity. Because every individual is different,” Gambhir said.

“Mohammed Shami can never be Jasprit Bumrah. Or Ishant Sharma can never be Jasprit Bumrah. Or KL Rahul can never be Virat Kohli. For that matter, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, all these guys probably can never match to Virat Kohli’s intensity, and talent as well,” he added.

“But how to get the best out of them, and figuring out those situations will help him, and prepare him the best for the world titles, and that is only when they can actually win it,” the former India batsman further said.

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