Former Australian wicket keeper Brad Haddin thinks that Virat Kohli needs to take a break from cricket after a long cricket season. Kohli got injured during the Ranchi Test against Australia and then missed Dharamshala Test. Now, his participation in the upcoming Indian Premier League is under dark clouds.
Haddin wrote in his blog for ESPNcricinfo, “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 further added in his column “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.”
Virat Kohli is India’s premier batsman in all three formats and plays a lot of cricket throughout twelve months. It is his first injury incident in his eight-year-old international career. The Test he missed against Australia was first such incident in last 54 Test India played since 2011.
India won the Test series in Dharamshala despite his absence and his next assignment is in IPL, where he plays for RCB. Kohli’s injury will take some time to heal, thus he can miss few matches in the tournament. Though, keeping Champions Trophy in mind, Haddin feels that he should take a break.
“Kohli saying that he no longer had 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 added.
Former stumper is impressed with calm and composed nature of Ajinkya Rahane, who led India in Kohli’s absence and registered a victory. He praised him while saying “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.”
“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 the toughness of mind to recognise the key moment and seize it,” he concluded.