Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg said that Virat Kohli is slowly getting used to the fact of not captaining the team anymore. However, Kohli was sacked as ODI captain after the BCCI named Rohit Sharma the captain in the 50-over format before the South Africa series. Notably, he quit the T20 captaincy last year and stepped down from Test captaincy after India’s 1-2 series defeat in Cape Town.
Hogg noted that Virat Kohli lacked the aggression and he was looking shaky on the field as well. While speaking on his YouTube channel, Hogg said: “Kohli is a little bit lost in the way he wants to go about his business. He’s a little bit quieter, the emotions are not there. When he’s batting, he’s not really in the bowler’s face. Yes, there were glimpses or two, but really it’s not the Kohli of old, that determined player who wants to take authority.”
He further added: “When he’s not in a leadership position, he’s a little bit uncertain of how to conduct himself. I think Kohli has got at least 5 years of cricket left in him for India.”
Meanwhile, he was among the runs in the three ODIs against South Africa despite a duck in the second. However, India have a lot of home series coming up before the IPL against the West Indies and Sri Lanka. Brad Hogg stated that Virat Kohli should consider taking a break earlier to allow Rohit Sharma to complete a proper takeover of the team as well.
He said: “They’ve got West Indies lined up next where they can turn things around. I think it would be wise if Kohli can take just a little break, to allow Rohit Sharma to show that authority in the dressing room with the next generation of players.”
Brad Hogg added: “Once that is settled, he can come back for the Sri Lanka series. For me, Rohit and Virat, with Virat not knowing how to quite attack the game moving forward could be a little bit of an issue. It’s not deliberate, or ego about it, it’s just a change of scenery for Kohli.”