Kohli will bring purpose to Indian captaincy: Hughes

Perth, PTI | Updated : 01 March 2015, 08:15 PM

Former Australia skipper Kim Hughes is not a great fan of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s leadership style and feels that Virat Kohli’s elevation to captaincy should not only be in Tests but also across all formats to bring in more purpose to the top job.

“Much as I admire Dhoni as a player, I have found him letting the game drift at times across formats especially in Test matches. I was very happy to see Virat Kohli being made Test captain and I believe he is the man who should be leading India for a long time. He brings a direction and purpose to Indian captaincy,” Hughes, who scored 4415 runs in 70 Tests for Australia, told PTI in an exclusive interview here today.

“What caught my attention in Kohli’s batting this time was his running between the wickets during Test matches as well as during recent World Cup matches. This might be a little thing but that’s the urgency or purpose shown by a leader. This Indian team looked better than teams that had toured earlier and primarily because of Kohli,” said the 61-year-old Hughes, who had enjoyed great success against India as captain and batsman during the 1978-79 series.

Hughes is also not happy that Cricket Australia did not have a Test match at the WACA, where Indians would have been tested against pace and bounce.

“It’s a strange thing that when we go to India, we get those turning tracks and India don’t play on the bounciest of pitches during the Test series. Kohli did well in Perth when India played a Test in 2011-12, so what stopped them from having a Test over here. Hope they (CA) don’t bring Indian curators for the Test series,” said Hughes, who scored 594 runs against India during that away series in 1979.

First Published: Sunday, March 01, 2015 05:51 PM
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