A day after Virat Kohli blamed BCCI’s poor planning for hampering the team’s performance, former opener Virender Sehwag has come up with a suggestion for the Indian captain for the rest of the series. In a news debate show, Sehwag stated that Kohli was right on raising the issue publicly. Citing the importance of upcoming India’s South Africa tour, Sehwag added that Kohli should be rested before the tour as he needs his recovery time. And that, in the absence of Kohli, Rohit Sharma can be given the leadership.
While speaking on India TV, Sehwag reckoned that Rohit is capable of taking the responsibilities. He said,
Virat Kohli should be rested and spend some time with his family. As it had happened earlier when MS Dhoni took a break and gave the responsibility to Gautam Gambhir. India didn’t lose a match then and this time I think that India will not lose to Sri Lanka if Kohli is not there. Rohit Sharma can take on the captaincy role in the skipper’s absence.
Sehwag agreed with Kohli’s statement in which he said that BCCI’s poor planning of series is one of the reasons behind team’s performance. Viru said,
Kohli was right on that team will not be left with enough time to prepare for the South Africa tour. They are scheduled to play two practice matches and if it rains, their three-day practice match preparation will also go for a toss. If we get there two weeks before the series, the players can know the wicket better and have a few practice sessions to prepare themselves.
Sehwag also predicted the result of the ongoing 2nd Test match between India and Sri Lanka in Nagpur. He said,
I feel that India will finish the second Test match against Sri Lanka in four days. It depends all on the toss as the surface will help the Indian bowlers. Even if we lose the toss.
On Day one, Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and elected to bat first. The Lankans were all out on 205. The Indians concluded their inning at 11/1.