Former Australia cricketer Brett Lee has opened India’s Test captaincy saga, a position that is vacant after Virat Kohli relinquished his duties. Kohli’s decision came after India’s humiliating 1-2 defeat against South Africa.
The BCCI is currently looking for a suitable candidate to hand over the reins for the next couple of years. While Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are well ahead in the race, the governing body has not ruled out picking a fast bowler as the captain.
While respecting Virat Kohli’s decision, Brett Lee stressed there are at least four-five cricketers who are qualified enough to take up the job.
“It is totally Virat Kohli’s call. I have been focused on the Big Bash League back home and obviously, the Ashes. I cannot say much about it, it is totally up to Virat Kohli. I think there are four-five players who can lead India in Tests right only, only time will tell,” Lee was quoted by News18.
“It is totally up to the Indian management, there are four-five players who can do the job,” Brett Lee added.
Virat Kohli finished with 40 Test and 65 ODIs victories as captain. During his tenure, India scaled new highs, including dominating the Test arena for several years.
Rohit Sharma should be the captain of all three formats – Harbhajan Singh
Former off-spinner Harbhajan Singh opened up on who should succeed Kohli as the Test captain. Citing Kapil Dev’s example, Bhajji mentioned Jasprit Bumrah’s name if Rohit doesn’t agree to captain in all formats.
Speaking to Sports Tak, he said:
“According to me, Rohit Sharma should be the captain of all three formats. If he is totally fit then he should captain all three formats. If Rohit feels that he doesn’t want to captain all three formats. Then in Test cricket, I am on Jasprit Bumrah’s side. He should be given the captaincy because a fast bowler is always thought that they think too big.”