India witnessed a 1-2 series loss against South Africa in the three-match Test series, and the visitors also went down to the Proteas in the ODI series by 0-3. However, more than those losses, the cricket fraternity failed to fathom that after the series, Virat Kohli decided to resign as the Test captain after losing the red-ball series against South Africa.
Virat Kohli had stepped down from the T20I captain after the T20 World Cup 2021, and later ahead of the South Africa tour, the bCCI selectors sacked him as the ODI captain. The BCCI named Rohit Sharma as India’s full-time white-ball captain, and the opener is most likely to succeed Kohli as Test captain of the national team.
Meanwhile, Jonty Rhodes stated that the opposition teams should be wary of Kohli, who will not be having any captaincy pressure on him. The former South Africa cricketer further added that the 33-year-old will be eager to score runs heavily to show his point as a batsman for Team India.
During a recent chat on Sony Sports Network, Jonty Rhodes said, “I’d be a little bit nervous of a Kohli who doesn’t have the responsibility of leadership. Not that it cost him anything. I think he scored incredible runs for India. But he is such a passionate guy that he would want go out there and score heavily just to show that he is still relevant to India in any capacity.”
Jonty Rhodes had showered praises on Kohli for his contribution as captain for the Indian team. The former South African cricketer further added that Kohli has a great commitment to the game, and his work ethic is very strong.
Elaborating the same, Jonty Rhodes said, “With regards to him stepping down (as Test captain), it’s always a personal decision. He’s obviously not retired. Many captains leave the job and just walk away but Kohli’s still around. He is very passionate. We know how he plays the game. He is always 100 percent committed. His work ethic is just as strong. He obviously thinks he has a role to play for India still, just not as a captain.”