Rohit Sharma to officially lead the ODI, T20 squad. Experts praise the decision
Mumbai – After several months of speculations about Virat Kohli exiting the skipper’s role, the Board of Cricket Council of India finally announced the decision to make Rohit Sharma the captain of the White ball cricket.
With this, Virat Kohli’s five-year-long stint as the captain of the Indian cricket team will come to an end. As per the media release by the BCCI, the committee has decided to let Rohit take charge of ODI and T20I teams “going forward” along with him taking over Ajinkya Rahane as the Test Vice-Captain.
This year in September, Virat Kohli had already announced that he will be stepping down as the skipper for the shortest format after the T20 World Cup where he said that he took this decision because of the workload he has been carrying captaining the team in all the three formats.
At the time of the announcement in September, Kohli had said that by doing this, he will get time to be fully ready to lead India in Test and ODI cricket. But this time, the selectors have decided to make Sharma the captain for ODI as well.
Rohit Sharma was one of the members who sat during the planning session ahead of the New Zealand Test series so that he could help Kohli with the workload. There were others involved with him like Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. As of KL Rahul, he was given rest due to an injury but will be back in the 18-member squad for the upcoming matches.
Others who are frequent in the Indian test squad like Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja and Shubham Gill are still being considered as all of them are battling with injuries. The ODI line up will be announced by the BCCI later this week.
After hearing the announcement of Sharma becoming the captain of the India side, cricket experts were pleasantly surprised and here’s how many of them reacted. Harsha Bhogle, former cricketer and commentator, said, “It is always tricky with two captains when both are playing all formats and it is critical Dravid, Kohli and Rohit are comfortable and have a common vision.”.” Senior sports journalist Ayaz Memon talked about the changing dynamics of the dressing room and stressed that from hereon, Rahul Dravid will have a big role to play to keep the team together.