Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma believes that the limited-overs skipper Rohit Sharma will take the India National Cricket Team to “newer heights”.
Rohit Sharma was recently appointed as the white-ball captain of the Indian team and he will start his stint as a permanent captain in the 6-match limited-overs series against West Indies, which will begin with a One Day International game on February 6 at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. Also, he is the frontrunner to replace Virat Kohli as India’s Test captain.
During a discussion on India News, Rajkumar Sharma was asked whether India’s squad selected for the series against West Indies suggests that Rohit Sharma has had a major say in the selection, to which he replied by saying that every skipper desires to get the players he wants and the Indian captain and head coach being on the same page will help them in getting the particular players of their choice.
“Every captain has his own choice and every captain desires to get the players he wants and generally that happens as well. It becomes easy if Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid are on the same page, if the captain and coach want a particular team, the selectors feel it right to give them that team. This should happen also and I feel that will happen as well.”
Rajkumar, while talking about the Test captaincy, said other than Rohit there is no contender in the team to lead the Test side. He stated:
“I don’t think there is any contender apart from Rohit Sharma because there is no other player whose place is certain in all three formats. So I believe he is the better choice and he has done excellent captaincy in the IPL and whenever he has got a chance for the Indian team. I have full expectation that he will take the Indian team to newer heights.”
Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid would be preparing a template – Reetinder Singh Sodhi
Former Indian all-rounder Reetinder Singh Sodhi was asked about the challenges ahead for Rohit, to which he responded that he has a big challenge of leading the Indian team that have not been doing very well recently. He added that two World Cups and World Test Championship are approaching and coach and captain would be preparing a template for the upcoming events.
“It is definitely a challenge when you handle the captaincy of such a big side. You experience adverse situations and conditions, the team has not been doing that well, if we talk about our situation in the recent T20 World Cup.”
“Now the T20 World Cup, 50-over World Cup, World Test Championship – a lot of things are ahead. So Rohit and Rahul Dravid would be preparing a template or would have already done that and it is extremely necessary because we have not done that well in ICC championships.”
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