Former Australian cricketer-wicketkeeper Brad Haddin thinks that India’s skipper Virat Kohli should take rest from cricket to reproduce on his leadership and batting style after a shoulder injury in Test series against Australia.
For the upcoming Indian Premier League starting on April 5, former Australia’s wicketkeeper Haddin said that Kohli needs to take rest to examine on what emerge during the Test series against Australia, which beat by 8 wickets and won 2-1.
The 39-year-old Haddin, who represented Australia in all three forms of international cricket, wrote in his column for ‘ESPNcricinfo.com,’ “By all accounts Virat Kohli is going to miss the early games of the IPL with his shoulder problem. Based on the sour note with which he ended a tremendous Test series victory for India over a fighting Australia, that may well be a good thing.”
“At the end of this long and successful home season, I get the distinct impression that Kohli needs some time to think about how he goes about things as a batsman and a captain.”
He wrote, “Time away from playing might help Kohli to reach a fairer viewpoint on what has transpired over the past six weeks: a terrific battle in which the Australians genuinely challenged India, and gave Kohli the toughest time of his international career to date.”
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India beats Australia by 8 wickets with 2-1 at home. The Test series was marked by the controversy between two team captain Steve Smith and Virat Kohli – in the eye of the storm.
Haddin added, “Kohli saying that he no longer has any friends among the Australian team after the conclusion of the series took a lot of gloss off the contest, and once again suggested that the touring side had got as close as they did to India by underhanded means.”
“This is not an assertion backed up by evidence and sets a poor example to all those watching the game, not only in India but around the world.”
He also impressed by the calm and composed manner of stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane. “Ajinkya Rahane, the stand-in captain, is as different from Kohli in his demeanour on the field as it is possible to be. He does not give the impression of looking for a fight so much as looking for groceries in the supermarket, but his second-innings batting against Pat Cummins showed that a bold heart beats beneath the quieter exterior.”
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“Similarly, the way he was able to work with the Indian fast bowlers, particularly Umesh Yadav, showed good sense and strong character. It was a passage that said a lot about Umesh as a fast bowler, but also about Rahane as a leader: he showed toughness of mind to recognise the key moment and seize it,” wrote Haddin.