Virat Kohli batted his way into record books yet again with an unbeaten 140 at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. With the ton, he became the first cricketer to make three Test centuries in his first three innings as captain. While the Delhi cricketer's excellent form has been a highlight of the series, his captaincy has not impressed the games legends. (Scorecard | Day 3 Blog)
Although still early days, Kohli was promoted as permanent Test skipper after Mahendra Singh Dhoni dramatically retired after the third Test at Melbourne, his tactics on the field on Wednesday left many confused. Among them, injured Australia captain Micahel Clarke and former cricketer Ian Chappell were the most exasperated. (Also read: Lokesh Rahul thanks Kohli for his maiden ton)
The veteran cricketers felt that Kohli was guilty of switching the field and his bowlers too frequently. "It sent out a message of impatience to the bowlers and I think that contributed to the bad bowling," Chappell was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.
Indian bowlers had to toil hard in the first two days of the final Test. Australia scored a mammoth 571 before declaring their first innings. Although the Indian batsmen have replied strongly with Lokesh Rahul and Kohli slapping tons, bowling remains a concern for the tourists.
Clarke feels Kohli needs to adopt different tactics in different formats of the game.
"I don't think I have a reason to give you why Virat has done that (change bowlers and field positions frequently). I think in the shorter form of the game, T20 cricket, the one-over spells can work so a batter doesn't get too used to a particular bowler," he said. "But in a Test match I don't know the exact reason. Maybe it was to try something different to get a breakthrough," said the 33-year-old Clarke, sidelined with a back injury.
With five wickets in hand, India are currently 230 runs behind. Although Kohli is looking good for a double ton, the Indians will have to bowl well and to proper plans if the players are to make a match of the Sydney contest.