“He hasn’t even won an IPL yet” – Suresh Raina on Kohli’s captaincy

Suresh Raina
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India’s one of the most successful T20 players, Suresh Raina, considers Virat Kohli to be one of the finest Indian captains. However, he had some other words for the Indian skipper. Raina believes that it’s too early to pass any judgment on Kohli’s achievements and he requires more time entrusted to him.

During an interview, Suresh Raina said that Kohli is currently the No. 1 batsman in world cricket. He said, “I think he has been the No. 1 captain. His record proves that he has achieved a lot. I think he is the No. 1 batsman in the world.”


Raina then took support of the Indian skipper and said it’s normal to miss out on a few things. “You’re talking about an ICC trophy but he hasn’t even won an IPL yet. I feel that he needs to be given some time. There are 2-3 World Cups taking place one after the other – two T20 World Cups and then the 50-over World Cup. It’s not easy to reach the final – sometimes you miss out on a few things.”

This statement from the former Indian batsman came after India lost to New Zealand in the finals of the World Test Championship, which took place in England. Virat Kohli, who had been one of the finest players in all formats of the game, is yet to win an ICC tournament as an Indian captain. Despite having a winning percentage that is even better than legendary captains like MS Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly, he is yet to claim an ICC trophy.


Raina had also responded to many online critics who called the Indian team ‘chokers’ after losing the WTC finale. He said, “We are not chokers, because we already have the 1983 World Cup, 2007 T20 World Cup the then 50-over World Cup in 2011. We need to understand that players are training hard. With three World Cups approaching, I don’t think anyone will call them chokers.”

Just like during the prime days of Suresh Raina, he is still standing firm with his team, with its captain. A true teammate, indeed!