Leading broadcaster and former New Zealand test paceman Simon Doull has predicted a change in approach from the Indian cricket team as it adapts to a new leadership reign.
Speaking to Spartan Sports in episode two of the new Spartan Sports Talk podcast series, Doull said the recent elevation of Kohli to the full-time captaincy across all three formats would have an impact on the Indian team.
But he said it could be a positive change for the team, likening it to the transition New Zealand undertook when the recently retired Brendan McCullum took control of the Black Caps.
“Every team needs an identity and I think India under Virat Kohli are going to have a different identity,” Doull told Spartan Sports Talk.
“He wears his heart on his sleeve and he is a character that is just so emotional about the game.”
“Completely different to an MS Dhoni so they will have an identity under Virat Kohli that was completely different to what it was under the Dhoni regime.”
Doull is now one of the world’s leading cricket commentators and authorities, engaged to call T20 tournaments around the world, including the Indian Premier League. He is also the host of home series in New Zealand.
He reflects on a test career that yielded 98 wickets, including the untold story behind his epic performance in the 1998 Boxing Day test against India in Wellington, when he took the first seven wickets to fall.
“It was just one of those Wellington mornings. Beautiful conditions. It was just one of those days where everything clicked and the funny thing is when I come to India, there is always someone who remembers it,” Doull said.
It included the prized wicket of Spartan’s own Sachin Tendulkar.
“I actually think that was probably the worst ball of the game. I bowled a rank half volley and picked up one of the greats of the game so it’s funny how things happen.”
The Simon Doull episode is the second of Spartan’s new Spartan Sports Talk podcast series. Last week, former England spinner Monty Panesar was featured on the show.
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