Banishing his memories from the 2014 tour, Virat Kohli resurrected his career in England and slammed more than 500 runs to be the best batsman in the series. He refused to give his wicket and dug in every time he walked in barring the final innings. However, as the series drew to a close, there are questions being posed at his captaincy and the ability to pounce at moments which could be potentially match-defining.
However, former Indian captain MS Dhoni, who passed the baton to Virat Kohli, believes that he made the right decision to hand over the mantle to Kohli as it would give him the right amount of time to build a team leading into the 2019 World Cup.
'A captain needs time to build a team'
"Selecting a strong team without giving the new captain appropriate time isn't possible. I believe that I left the captaincy at the right time", Dhoni said a motivational program organised by the CISF at the Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi.
He also spoke about India's performances in England and said that the management should look at more preparation and practice matches as this could help the batsmen a lot more.
The stumper, who will now fly across to the UAE for the Asia Cup, also threw his weight behind the Indian team and called the results very much part of the game.
"Indian team missed out on playing practices matches before the series, which is why the batsmen are finding it difficult to adjust. This is a part of the game. We shouldn't forget that India is currently No. 1 in the rankings," Dhoni added.
The World Cup-winning captain is not the first person to question India's approach and the lack of practice matches. Sunil Gavaskar has also spoken about the issue when the Indian team struggled in South Africa.
Captain Virat Kohli also wants his side to look for series wins, rather than winning one or two matches in between and believes that his side still has many positives to draw from.
"I think the 1-4 scoreline is a fair one as England played better than us but we were not outplayed barring the Lord's Test," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.