Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli in action during the WTC Final between India and New Zealand

Former Australia cricketer Brad Hogg has heaped praise on Virat Kohli for not sending a nightwatchman after the dismissal of swashbuckling opener Rohit Sharma on Day 5 of the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand in Southampton.

After the Kiwis were bundled out for 249 in their first innings, Indian openers once again failed to score heavily on Tuesday. While Shubman Gill managed to score just 8 runs off 33 balls, Hitman was dismissed by Tim Southee towards the end of the fifth day’s play, scoring 30 runs.

With only a few overs left, Kohli could have sent a nightwatchman. However, the India captain decided to go himself.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Hogg admitted that Rohit’s departure put India under immense pressure but Kohli made a big statement against New Zealand bowlers by walking out to bat at the fall of the opener’s wicket.

“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 night watchman when he could have,” said the 50-year-old.

“In tough conditions, he went out and led his troops from the front. He wanted to make a statement to Kiwi bowlers that he wasn’t scared of them. He was not shy and wanted to set himself up for big innings today,” Hogg added.

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