Virat Kohli is leading India in a full Test series © AFP
Virat Kohli is leading India in a full Test series © AFP

Renowned cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle feels India Test skipper Virat Kohli is still work in progress. In his column for Indian Express, Bhogle wrote, “If India are better placed on that front it is because Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have shown pedigree (for all his exploits Kohli is still work in progress in Test cricket where he has blown hot and cold), Murali Vijay has enjoyed a renaissance and there is undeniable quality, even if it is erratic, in Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. But India don’t bat too deep with the batsmen followed by bowlers and a keeper who are in the “can bat” category at this stage.

Talking about Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav, Bhogle stated that the duo has been unable to make any impact till now and Mohammed Shami should be back in the side. He wrote, “The lower half looks good on paper but can be blown away in a gale. Kohli has often said he wants genuine pace and he has three arrows in his quiver in Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav. He would like Shami back because Aaron and Yadav have so far been sparks unable to light a fire. We get carried away by speed guns in India but even actual guns are not good if they are not hitting the target and both Yadav and Aaron already have bowling averages that will require many good performances to correct.

Bhogle said it will be interesting to see how young captain Kohli handles his bowlers over the next 18 months. “Over the next eighteen months though Kohli will lead India on surfaces that spinners will like more and I will be very interested in seeing how he handles his bowlers in this period. India are unlikely to lose too many players in the days ahead and so can look forward to a more settled team. Sri Lanka will hope they can think that way too but it will be tough. For the legend that they are about to lose will leave a hole the size that Murali left.”