BCCI’s decision to elevate Rohit Sharma as the vice-captain of Team India for the remainder of the ongoing Test series against Australia has raised a number of eyebrows. The reason behind the decision surprising many is quite obvious. It was not before 2019 that he managed to cement his spot in the Test team.
After being in an out of the Test team for years, Rohit Sharma finally managed to bring his Test career back on track after being promoted as an opener. Unfortunately, he has not played any Test since that home season in 2019. And thus, the decision to promote him as the vice-captain ahead of the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin has surprised many.
Both Pujara and Ashwin are in indispensable part of the Test side for nearly a decade now. Pujara was also the vice-captain for the second Test of the ongoing series but was surprisingly replaced by Rohit Sharma for the upcoming two Tests.
Well, a PTI report suggests that Rohit Sharma was always in contention to assist stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane after Virat Kohli’s departure for India. Thus, Pujara was made the vice-captain because of Rohit Sharma’s unavailability.
“There was never an iota of doubt about who will be India’s vice-captain once Virat takes a break and Ajinkya is elevated. It was always going to be Rohit and Pujara was just a stop-gap arrangement till the former joined the squad,” a BCCI official said.
“Rohit has been India’s long-time white ball vice-captain, so it was only imperative that in Virat’s absence, he will be a part of the team’s leadership group,” he added.
Rohit Sharma is not new to leadership roles in the national team. The Mumbai star is the designated vice-captain of India’s limited-overs team. He has also led India on several occasions and has done extremely well as a captain. Under him, India won the Nidahas Trophy and the Asia Cup in 2018.