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Exclusive: Virat Kohli will be one of the best captains for India, says Virender Sehwag

Former India opener and IndiaTV cricket expert Virender Sehwag feels that Virat Kohli will be one of the best captains for India in the time to come.

Written by: Akash Khanna, New Delhi [ Updated: August 28, 2018 21:20 IST ]
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Virat Kohli in action during the 3rd Test

With Virat Kohli gearing up for his 39th Test as India skipper, former India opener and IndiaTV cricket expert Virender Sehwag feels that the 29-year-old Delhi batsman will be one of the best captains for India in the time to come. 

Under the captaincy of Kohli, India have won 22 Test matches out of 38 in all. They lost seven matches under Kohli's captaincy, while nine Tests ended in a draw.

"No skipper constantly thinks about the number of matches he has won during his captaincy. Our work as a captain is to play well and guide the team to the victory," Sehwag told IndiaTV during the show 'Cricket Ki Baat'.

"As captain, Kohli's performence is above par and he has improved in batting as well. He'll be one of the best India captains in the time to come. There's no doubt about that," he added.

Following a 203-run win in the third Test in Nottingham, Kohli-led India will take on England in the fourth Test at The Rose Bowl, Southampton, on Thursday.

Trailing England by 1-2, India will aim for a victory in Southampton to stay afloat in the five-match Test series.

Besides eyeing a win in the fourth Test, Kohli will look to surpass Sachin Tendulkar's record of 6000 Test runs. Second fastest Indian after former captain Sunil Gavaskar, Tendulkar completed 6000 Test runs in 120 innings. Kohli already has 5994 to his name in 118 innings.

Sehwag strongly believes that Kohli will surpass Tendulkar's feat in Southampton. 

"I am confident that he'll achieve this feat in his next innings. However, the scoring rate comes down after scoring this much runs as initially you play fearless cricket and score quick runs, things become difficult after a while because bowlers start to know you better and age factor also come in," he said.

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