Since Ajinkya Rahane led a rather inexperienced India side to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, a section of people has urged BCCI to remove Virat Kohli from the leadership roles. Speaking on the same lines, former Australia cricketer Brad Hogg has said removing Kohli from the captaincy position might affect the culture of the side.
Incidentally, Kohli travelled back to India after the first Test to be with his wife, who was expecting the birth of their first child. Ever since Kohli left, Ajinkya Rahane took over the result and delivered an exceptional result. In the aftermath of the shambolic 36 all-out in Adelaide, Team India, despite grappling with injuries, produced a comeback of the ages under the leadership of Rahane.
Removal of Virat Kohli might hurt the team – Brad Hogg
However, Brad Hogg believes Virat Kohli should continue to lead the team as he feels removing this influencing character might hurt the culture of the side. The former cricketer also pointed out that Kohli likes responsibility as his batting numbers have gone up ever since he took over the responsibility from MS Dhoni in 2014.
“He (Virat Kohli) bats better when he is the captain. I think if you change it, it would destroy the culture of that Indian team. It might affect Kohli’s batting. He wouldn’t want it to happen, but it will happen”. Brad Hogg said in his latest video on his official Youtube channel.
Speaking further, Brad Hogg heaped praise on Ajinkya Rahane for his outstanding job in the recently-concluded series. Incidentally, the cricketer from Mumbai is yet to lose a Test match under his leadership having won four out of 5 matches he has captained with the only draw coming at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Despite that, Hogg wants Virat Kohli to lead as this charismatic character leads the side from the front.
“Yes Ajinkya Rahane has done a fantastic job in the last three Test matches in Australia. He is cool, calm, collective. He is quite decisive, and he doesn’t get agitated. He is a fantastic leader. But I will leave him as vice-captain because I think Virat Kohli leads from the front,” Brad Hogg asserted.