Brad Hogg, a former Australian spinner, has praised Virat Kohli’s leadership skills after his resignation as Team India’s Test captain on Saturday, which occurred precisely one day after the team’s Test series defeat to South Africa.
Kohli surrendered his leadership in all forms of the game as a result of this decision, and he will now continue to play as a batter. Meanwhile, Brad Hogg has said that whoever replaces the batting megastar in the longest format would have ‘huge shoes to fill’.
Indian Team will Virat Kohli as the Test captain, feels Brad Hogg
“He’s a fantastic ambassador for the game, and I think he’ll be sorely missed as India captain in the years ahead. Bravo, Virat Kohli; you have elevated Indian cricket to unprecedented heights. The next captain, on the other hand, will have a lot to live up to. He’s got some huge shoes to fill,” Brad Hogg stated in a video posted to his official YouTube account during an interaction.
“He’ll be sadly missed. But one thing I like about him is that when he became the leader, he had just one goal in mind: to push Indian cricket to new heights, which he accomplished. He achieved so with discipline, passion, and by establishing high expectations for both their physical and performance abilities, as well as the way they behaved themselves both on and off the field. He also prioritised the team’s needs above everything else. He prioritised Indian cricket before his personal performances,” said Brad Hogg during his conversation.
As the first One-Day International (ODI) against South Africa at Boland Park in Paarl on Wednesday progressed, Virat Kohli’s quest for his 71st international century became longer as he failed to convert his half-century into a three-figure total for the second time in as many games. Before being removed by Tabraiz Shamsi, he amassed a total of 51 runs off 63 deliveries.
Temba Bavuma (110) and Rassie van der Dussen (129*) both scored hundreds earlier in the day, helping the Proteas record a daunting total of 296/4 from their 50 overs after deciding to bat first. After the hosts had lost three wickets for 68 in the 18th over, the pair put up a 204-run partnership for the fourth wicket to take the game into extra time. South Africa won the game by 31 runs as India’s middle-order crumbled for the second time in as many games.