Former Australian left-arm spinner Brad Hogg applauded Virat Kohli for not bringing in a nightwatchman when Rohit Sharma’s wicket fell on Tuesday, instead choosing to bat himself.
Rohit (30) was removed near the conclusion of the fifth day of play in the World Test Championship (WTC) final in Southampton, after failing to respond to a jagged back ball from Tim Southee.
Virat Kohli, the Indian captain, could have sent in a nightwatchman with only a few overs remaining. He, on the other hand, decided against it and chose to bat, despite the fact that India was under a lot of strain. Virat Kohli made an unbeaten comeback with an unbeaten score of 8 off 12 balls.
Hogg noted on his YouTube channel that Rohit Sharma’s dismissal late in the day was crucial, but that Virat Kohli made a major statement by going in to bat after the opener’s wicket fell. The former Chinaman bowler expressed his thoughts as follows:
“India lost two quick wickets last night. Rohit Sharma, just before stumps, was a crucial wicket for New Zealand to get. But, the one thing I liked about that one particular moment was Virat Kohli not going for the nightwatchman when he could have. In tough conditions, he went out and led his troops from the front. He wanted to make a statement to New Zealand bowlers that he was not scared of them. He was not shy and wanted to set himself up for a big innings today.”
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 22, 2021
Virat Kohli could be crucial to India’s chances of winning.
Virat Kohli could be the key to India’s small hopes of winning, with Cheteshwar Pujara (12 not out from 55) unlikely to attack and anticipated to continue his tenacious defense. He’d have to go for broke right away, but it may be a double-edged sword.
India could be in serious risk of being knocked out cheaply if Virat Kohli falls early. Hogg admitted that entering into the last day of play, New Zealand has the upper hand. He explained:
“This Test match is alive and well. I think that there is going to be a result at the end of it. There is plenty of cricket to be played today. There is going to be sunshine around and,
finally, we are going to get a full day’s play. New Zealand is in the box seat for me.”
🔸 Gill’s stunning catch
🔸 Shami’s wicket of Watling
🔸 Jamieson’s monster six
— ICC (@ICC) June 22, 2021
India ended Day 5 of the WTC final at 64 for 2 from 30 overs, with a lead of 32 runs.