The BCCI has recently appointed Rohit Sharma as the new ODI captain of the Indian team, replacing Virat Kohli. And, the cricket fraternity has shared their opinions. While many backed the decision, there are a few who thought the decision was not right as well. And, now former Australia spinner Brad Hogg has joined the bandwagon. He claimed that the responsibility is now on the management to arrange things in a better way.
While speaking in a video on his YouTube channel, Brad 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.”
“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.
However, Team India will next take on South Africa, which begins with the 1st Test on December 26 as well. They will play against each other in two more Tests and three ODIs as well.