“Virat Kohli an exceptional leader, Joe Root is poor,” says former Australian captain Ian Chappell

Virat Kohli stepped down as India's test captain after the test series against South Africa

The Australian legend Ian Chappell reckons while the former Indian captain Virat Kohli was exceptional at his job, the same can’t be said about the current England captain Joe Root who is actually a poor captain and never has enough imaginative ideas to implement during a game.

According to Chappell, the England supporters can argue that Root has a decent record as an England test captain and it’s actually true that he has a decent record, but he is not really inspirational and he doesn’t have it in him to seize the moments, a quality which Kohli has in abundance.

Talking about the leadership styles of Kohli and Root, Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNcricinfo that Kohli operated at a very high intensity, but he still knew how to seize the moments and he successfully carried the legacy of two of the great Indian captains Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni.


But, Root, although he managed to win a fair few test matches under his leadership, has always been someone who lets the game drift away and has almost no gut feel at all. Most of the things that he does tactically on the field don’t make any sense.

Joe Root has already said he would love to continue captaining England

While Virat Kohli has already stepped down as India’s Test captain after losing the test series against South Africa away, Joe Root has insisted that he would like to continue captaining England despite losing the Ashes series in Australia by a huge margin of 0-4.

Before losing the Ashes, Root also lost the test series against India in India by 1-3 and lost to New Zealand at home by 0-1. The return test series that England played against India at home last summer, after losing to India away, currently stands incomplete with England trailing by 1-2.


The last test series that Root won as the test captain of England was against Sri Lanka and although it was commendable as it came on away turf, the Sri Lankan team of the current era is not the strongest.

Virat Kohli, on the other hand, never lost a single test series at home under his captaincy and also became the first captain ever in the history of Indian cricket to lead India to a Test series victory in Australia. The series against England in England that India are leading by 2-1 right now also came under Virat last year.




I write a bit on cricket and I am more interested in technical and tactical side of the game, rather than bravado.

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