Former England pace bowler Steve Harmison has recently shared his views on Virat Kohli’s sacking as India’s ODI captain. Notably, the BCCI has appointed Rohit Sharma as the captain of the ODI team, replacing Kohli as well. While speaking to former Australia spinner Brad Hogg in a video on his YouTube channel, Harmison stated that it is important for Virat Kohli to remain the Test skipper as well.
“I think Virat’s at a point now where he probably just wants to play. I think it’s so important that for international Test match cricket that he keeps his captaincy because I think he drives Test match cricket in the right way. It’s very important to him; he speaks about it passionately and he cares about it. And in the world of T20 and all these franchise leagues around the world, I think having a leader of a powerful nation like India wanting and driving Test cricket forward is a great thing for international cricket,” he said.
“From a one-dayer point of view, it’s an embarrassment of rich. This team that India’ve got now in one-day cricket is nearly if not as good as England’s pool of one-day players are to play that side so that format of the game. I just think is it the right time for him to pass the baton on to Rohit and say look, “it’s your team now, 50 overs and 20 overs. You set the benchmark. You go out front and lead and I’ll just drop back into being one of the lieutenants and play Test match cricket as a leader”? I think it’s the right time,” concluded Steve Harmison.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli’s next campaign will be against South Africa, where his team will play three Tests, the first of which is scheduled to begin on December 26.