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'This debate doesn't make sense': VVS Laxman comments on the split captaincy
Former India player VVS Laxman has recently said that Virat Kohli should remain the captain
for India in all three formats. The debate surrounding split captaincy for India has been
going around ever since India won the Test series in Australia under Ajinkya Rahane's
captaincy. Even many think Rohit Sharma should lead the team in the shortest format after
his successful run as Mumbai Indians’ captain in the IPL.
Even though the speculations of split captaincy have died down after India won the Test
series at home against England under Kohli, there are a few who still think India should try
out different captains for different formats. But Laxman said that Virat Kohli is the kind of a
player who performs in every format, and the discussion on the split captaincy certainly
does not make sense.
“I have always felt that as long as your captain is not burdened by captaincy and he is
someone who enjoys the responsibility without compromising his performances, in this
case, Virat the batsman, it should be the same captain for all the formats if he is regular in
all the three formats," Laxman explained to News 18.
“In England, the split captaincy works because Joe Root is not a regular in white-ball cricket,
or Eoin Morgan is not a Test player. If a captain is all three formats players and on top of
that, a performer, it should be one captain," he further added.
However, he again shared that it is Virat Kohli who has defined this team and his positivity,
fitness and work ethic have inspired an entire generation of India who not only try to
perform better in every game but also become very professional about the game as well.
However, the veteran also added that Kohli was fortunate to have seniors like Ajinkya
Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Ashwin, Ishant and others in the team and he
successfully formed a core group with them