Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg believes that the Indian team’s culture will be destroyed if Virat Kohli is removed as the captain of the national team. Hogg also said that Virat Kohli bats better when he is the captain of the Indian team.
Ajinkya Rahane became the second Indian captain and Asian skipper after Virat Kohli to win a Test series in Australia after their historic triumph in the Brisbane Test. India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for the second time on Australian soil after their 2-1 series triumph under Virat Kohli on their last tour in 2018-19.
Rahane’s calm demeanor in India’s biggest overseas series win over Australia has opened up debates regarding Kohli’s captaincy future in Tests.
“He (Virat Kohli) bats better when he is the captain. I think if you change it, it would destroy the culture of that Indian team. It might affect Kohli’s batting. He wouldn’t want it to happen, but it will happen,” Brad Hogg said on his YouTube channel.
“Yes, Ajinkya Rahane has done a fantastic job in the last three Test matches in Australia. He is cool, calm, collective. He is quite decisive, and he doesn’t get agitated. He is a fantastic leader. But I will leave him as vice-captain because I think Virat Kohli leads from the front,” Hogg further said.
Virat Kohli will return to captain India in next month’s Test series against England, leading a squad fresh from a stunning series win in Australia. India are strengthened by the return of all-rounder Hardik Pandya, while Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin are included having picked up injuries mid-series in Australia.
India squad for first two Tests against England: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel.