Ever since the BCCI has named Rohit Sharma the new ODI captain of the Indian team, the cricket fraternity has been divided into two parts. While many backed the decision, there are a few who thought it was not the right decision to sack Kohli this way. The latest person to share his views on the debate is former Australia spinner Brad Hogg, who has stated that the onus is now on the management to make things work well.
While speaking in a video on his YouTube channel, Hogg said this step “is a blessing in disguise” for Virat Kohli and it will ease a lot of pressure off him as well. “I think this is a good move. Kohli should just embrace it and relax about the whole situation and should concentrate on captaining the Test team. So basically you’ve got Rohit Sharma just concentrating on the team he wants in white-ball cricket and Virat Kohli focusing on Test cricket. It takes a lot of pressure off you. The media hype off the field all of a sudden relaxes and Virat Kohli’s only got to worry about the Test environment.”
He continued: “Whereas Rohit Sharma has only got to worry about the white-ball environment plus all the sponsorship and other commitments off the field. I think this is going to be better for Virat Kohli. It is going to improve his performances which have slightly dropped off slightly in the last couple of years when he’s been under pressure while captaining all three teams.”
Indian Cricket should dominate world cricket over the next five years: Brad Hogg
“I think it’s a blessing in disguise. I just hope when they go on their next tour, that change room is not separated by this little slight division between these two particular players. Both of them have to embrace it, get in that changing room, and take Indian cricket forward. That’s because Indian cricket right now, with the talent they’ve got in batting and bowling should dominate world cricket over the next five years at least,” Brad Hogg concluded.
Meanwhile, Team India will next play against South Africa, starting with the 1st Test on December 26. The two teams will take on each other in two more Tests and three ODIs as well.