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Kohli has received a lot of criticism on the following matters (blatant blunders in bold): 1. Non-selection of KL Rahul and A Rahane 2. Selection of Dhawan and Rohit 3. Dropping Bhuvi in the 2nd test 4. Selection of Parthiv Patel I think it is important to remember some of his left field, non obvious calls that spectacularly worked in India's favour: 1. Picking test cricket debutant Jasprit Bumrah 2. Opening the bowling with Shami in 4th innings Jo'burg and using him to clean up the tail (was on horrible form in that test until then) 3. Backing Shami in 2nd and 3rd test despite his rhythm appearing sub optimal 4. Backing Ishant....he was miserly all series 5. Choosing to bat first in Johannesburg 6. Opting to complete the third test when talk of abdoning match despite already being 2-0 down in the series 7. Dropping Ashwin and picking 4 front line seamers for 3rd test 8. Picking Ashwin over Jadeja in first 2 tests The moral of the story is, Virat is still an inexperienced captain overseas but clearly has the will and passion to win. He has made some captaincy blunders during this tour but has also made some excellent decisions. He has enthused the team with a fighting spirit and never say day attitude and has possibly overseen the assembly of India's most potent ever pace attack. I think its important to back him as a captain (even when he makes some mistakes) as its clear the net movement of Indian cricket under his watch is certainly in the right direction.
Let me make the case in either direction: Ganguly For 1. Helped introduce/nurture multiple Indian ATGs: Harbhajan, Sehwag, Yuvraj, Zaheer 2. World Cup 2003 Finalist in unfamiliar conditions overseas 3. ICC Champions Trophy co winner 4. Defeated one of the best test sides ever 2-1 in 2001 5. Competitive overseas in tests: did well in England 2002 and Aus 2003 6. Retired with dignity 7. Better batsmen 8. Good tactician in tests 9. Left team Indian cricket in healthier condition than he found it Against 1. No World Cup Trophy 2. Batting tended to decline under captaincy 3. Poor standards of out fielding/running between the wickets and did not lead by example Dhoni For 1. World Cup winner on home soil 2. Excellent record in tests at home 3. Made WK/batting a prominent role in indian cricket 4. Ushered in Indian era of fearless batting 5. Helped India get rid of their nervousness at climatic stages in ODIs 6. Won overseas series vs NZ and drew vs South Africa 7. Better all-round player 8. Astute tactician in LOIs 9. Guided India's improvement in ground fielding/running between the wickets Against 1. Reduced Indian fast bowling to dark ages 2. Reduced Indian test cricket overseas to the dark ages (4-0 loss in England, 4-0 Loss in Australia, 3-1 loss in England) 3. Failed to adequately nurture some of the best talents in Indian cricket: Irfan, Rohit, Sreesanth, RP Singh, Ishant 4. Very political 5. Reduced status of test cricket in India 6. Delaying long overdue retirement, holding back next generation of cricketers 7. Clueless tactician in tests 8. Left Indian cricket in worse condition than he found it 9. Oversaw decline in Indian slip fielding I welcome any points I missed