India captain Virat Kohli. @ Getty Images
India captain Virat Kohli. @ Getty Images

India captain Virat Kohli wields enormous power. In fact, such has been Kohli’s power that he had ex-head coach Anil Kumble sacked over their much-publicised differences. The former India leg-spinner resigned two days after India’s 180-run loss to Pakistan in the 2017 Champions Trophy final in June.

During the Indian team’s pre-departure press conference ahead of the Australia tour recently, Kohli was stumped whether the India head coach should be a yes man to the captain.

“That is the most bizarre thing I have heard. In Indian cricket, I don’t think there is anyone else who has said no to me more than him [Ravi Shastri] honestly. He is one guy I can speak to and can get an honest opinion. I have made more changes to my game listening to him than anyone else in the past,” Kohli said.

Former India captain and legendary spinner Bishan Singh Bedi thinks otherwise. Bedi believed that Kohli is “doing all he wants and we are letting it happen”.

“That is what I am saying, one person [Virat Kohli] is doing all he wants and we are letting it happen. What would Anil [Kumble] have said, he was gracious to leave it like that,” Bedi was quoted as saying by India Today at Sahitya Aaj Tak about the Kohli-Kumble fiasco.

After Kumble’s departure, India have toured South Africa and England. Although, their performances in the limited-overs series have been good, India were beaten comprehensively in the Tests.

India next face Australia Down Under where they will play three T20Is, three ODIs and four Tests beginning with the first T20I at the Gabba in Brisbane.

“The Indian team is good, we all know that, but the same team went to England and South Africa and those teams were also weak. Yes, the bans have happened on two kids [Steve Smith and David Warner] but a team is not made of two individuals. In fact, our team is made of one person, everything is about Kohli. The amount of focus there is, you don’t realise how much pressure you are putting on that kid [Kohli], both as a batsman and a captain,” Bedi said.