There is no doubt that Virat Kohli is one the best batsmen in the world currently. However, cricketing fans seem to be divided when the question of the Indian skipper's leadership abilities arises.
Not only fans, but even cricket experts seem to be critical about Kohli's decisions when it comes to team selection and the knack of mastering the DRS (Decision Review System) - two areas which his predecessor MS Dhoni has flourished in.
After the Men In Blue lost the first T20 played at the Gabba, many found reasons to criticize the talismanic batsman. And now, during the second T20I, the Indian skipper was again at the receiving end of some harsh criticism for not rectifying his mistakes of the previous game.
Earlier in the game, after Kohli won the toss and decided to field first, he received backlash from the fans for benching Yuzvendra Chahal yet again and playing Krunal Pandya, despite his dismal outing the first T20. However, the Mumbai Indians spinner repaid the faith of his skipper by registering figures of 1/26 in the four bowled and also picking the prized scalp of Aussie danger-man Glenn Maxwell.
The frustration of the fans grew after Virat Kohli failed to capitalize on the bright start of Indian bowlers with the hosts were lingering at 76/4 after 13 overs bowled. But instead, Ben McDermott and Nathan Coulter-Nile steered the ship for the hosts by notching 32 runs and 17 runs respectively.
Australia managed to reach 132/7 in 19 overs in a rain-curtailed match, where even reaching 100 looked as a far-fetched thought. Indian fans went berserk on Twitter with the manner the Men in Blue left the Aussies off the hook.
Here are some of the reactions:
Meanwhile, the second T20 was called off after persistent rain played spoilsport. This meant that Australia survived a great escape with India looking all geared up to gun down the target of 132 runs in 19 overs. It also meant that India's run of seven consecutive T20 series win was brought to a halt, with the current three-match T20 series standing in favor of Australia who have a 1-0 lead.