On Thursday evening, Kohli announced that he will be relinquishing his T20I captaincy duties following the conclusion of the mega-event in the UAE slated for October-November. Kohli cited workload management as the key reason for this decision of his.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Brad Hogg highlighted that Kohli has been under tremendous pressure over the past few years due to being the captain of all three formats. He reckoned the skipper has done fair in giving himself one more opportunity at an ICC title.
“Virat Kohli giving up the captaincy I think is the right move. There is so much pressure on being India’s captain in all three formats. If he does well he is the player of the month. If things are not going well, he is ridiculed left, right and centre. He has relinquished the pressure. I like the way he is going to captain for one more world cup giving him one opportunity to win the world cup there,” Brad Hogg said.
This move shows that India care about Test cricket: Brad Hogg
India have been heavily criticised in the past week for not playing the Manchester Test – due to covid concerns, to be noted – while flying to the UAE for the IPL.
The 50-year-old contrasted those opinions, saying that with this move of Kohli – to focus more on his Test cricket while leaving T20I captaincy – India have shown how highly they consider and care about the longest format.
“He has realized that he has struggled in Test cricket in the last five series. He has not done well in the last five series. Also people out there saying India pulling out of the fifth Test means that they are not interested in Test cricket. Well this move shows that they care about Test cricket and they want to dominate that format moving forward,” the Aussie added.
The second half of the IPL 2021 will run from September 19 to October 15; a couple of days after the T20 World Cup will commence. India will take on Pakistan on October 24.