Virat Kohli © AFP
Sunil Gavaskar also said RCB bowlers have let Virat Kohli (above) down in IPL 2016 © AFP

New Delhi: Former skipper Sunil Gavaskar feels India’s star batsman Virat Kohli should not be rushed into captaincy in all three formats and be allowed to grow while leading the Test team. “Virat should not be rushed into captaincy in all formats. Let him grow into this role… 2019 World Cup is far away,” Gavaskar told NDTV. Gavaskar’s opinion differs from another India captain Sourav Ganguly, who doesn’t see Mahendra Singh Dhoni captaining the limited-overs side till the 2019 World Cup and wants Kohli to take over soon. Live Cricket Scorecard: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians, IPL 2016, Match 41 at Bangalore

Kohli has been in sensational form of late and is currently the leading run getter in the Indian Premier League. His IPL team RCB, however, has not been consistent in the tournament and are sixth on the points table. Gavaskar said the bowlers have let captain Kohli down in the competition. “Bowlers have let Bangalore down in IPL. Kohli is as good as his team,” Gavaskar added. Kohli has taken a clear lead in the batting charts, scoring 561 runs at an average of 80.14 including two hundreds and four fifties in nine innings. READ: Virat Kohli should not be compared to Sachin Tendulkar, feels Virender Sehwag

We cannot say for sure why Gavaskar said that Kohli should not be hurried into captaincy. An intelligent guess could be that he does not wants Kohli’s captaincy to affect his performance. At the same time with experience, it will get easier for Kohli to grow as a player. When he gains a good hold of captaincy and is ready to lead the team in limited-overs cricket, it may be beneficial for the Indian team.