His successor has not been formally named, but it seems almost certain that it is going to be Rohit Sharma, Kohli’s deputy. Sharma is not a bad tactician, but he has big shoes to fill. It remains to be seen whether India retains that aggressive hunger to win that it exhibited under Kohli’s leadership. Of course, victories can be achieved through less flamboyant ways as well. New Zealand has shown this time and again, and so did South Africa recently in their win against India. Different captains have different characters and often it is the attitude at the top that shapes that of the team, and Sharma, or whoever else is chosen, needs to be allowed to reign in their own way. But having said this, the BCCI needs to introspect the manner in which it dealt with Kohli. All in all, he seemed punished because he was strong, forthright, and unwilling to compromise. In a captain, these are not bad attributes when they are coupled with a Test record that is unmatched in the history of the Indian game.