Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg reckons the reason why Virat Kohli has decided to give up India’s T20 and RCB’s captaincy. He claims that he wants to focus on batting so that he can break the great Sachin Tendulkar‘s record of 100 international centuries.
Hogg reckons Why Kohli Steps Plans down as skipper
Indian skipper Virat Kohli stuns the whole cricket world with back to back shocking announcement. On Thursday, Kohli first announced that he would step down as India’s T20I captain at the completion of the T20 World Cup.
People were only beginning to come to terms with it before Kohli dropped another bomb on Sunday, informing that the IPL 2021 would be his last as captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
“He has stepped down from the international position of T20 captain and also RCB. This is a bigger picture, where he is concentrating on the longer format of the game. He wants to lead India in Test cricket and ODIs. But there’s a record in his eyeline as well – trying to get that Tendulkar record of 100 international hundreds,” Hogg said on his YouTube channel.
“He’s well up there with Sachin in ODIs, having got 43 hundred at the present moment. But he has only got 27 hundred in Tests. Tendulkar got 51 hundred in 200 games. I think Kohli wants to concentrate on Test cricket and match Tendulkar’s record of having 50 Test hundreds under his belt. He wants to become one of the greats as well. I think that’s where Kohli’s going,” the former spinner explained.
At present, Kohli has 70 international centuries – 43 in ODIs and 27 in Tests, and while the India captain is close to equalling, and perhaps overtaking Tendulkar’s tally of 49 ODI centuries, he still has a long way to go to get to the Master Blaster’s record of 51 Test tons.
Hogg thinks Kohli would want to give most of his attention on Test cricket so he would become the leading centurion in the format.