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Rohit Sharma was almost sure to return as the Indian T20I captain for the South Africa tour but then Suryakumar Yadav was chosen as the captain after a discussion on a video call as per reports. Reports further say that Rohit will return as the Indian T20I captain very soon.

The BCCI selection committee led by Ajit Agarkar named the ODI, Test and T20I squads for the upcoming tour to South Africa. Virat Kohli had already informed the management that he will be skipping the white-ball series against South Africa as he wanted a break from the game.

Now reports by the Indian Express confirmed that Rohit Sharma in a video call with the Ajit Agarkar led- selection committee requested for a break from the white-ball leg of the tour. The management was very close to naming Rohit the T20I skipper but then changed the decision on Rohit’s request. Rohit attended the video call from London to make his decision known.

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As per reports, Rohit is currently on vacation in London with his family and will return to lead the Indian side for the two-match Test series starting on December 26. The first Test starts on December 26 in Centurion. Cape Town hosts the second Test from January 3-7, 2024.

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Rohit Sharma Likely To Lead India In T20 World Cup 2024

As things stand, Rohit Sharma will be named as India’s T20I captain very soon and in all probability will lead the team in the T20 World Cup 2024 in June. Hardik Pandya led the team in his absence and his current injury has a role to play in perhaps influencing the decision.

Hardik suffered an injury in the World Cup match against Bangladesh and since then has not returned back to playing international cricket. He was not included in the ongoing T20I series against Australia and was not included in any of the white-ball sides to South Africa as well. With a cloud over Hardik’s potential international return, the management in all likeliness will reinstate Rohit as T20I skipper of India.

“Rohit has been offered T20 captaincy but he is in the UK on holiday and wants an extended break after four months of gruelling season till end of the World Cup. But as captain, he has the highest respect for the dressing room and if he agrees to lead India in T20 World Cup, he will lead,” a BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

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