Rohit Sharma, ODI World Cup 2019
Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

Reports of Rohit Sharma being set to be made India‘s next T20I captain have gained weight with Virat Kohli already announcing that he would be stepping down after the T20 World Cup.

India will host New Zealand for a 3-match T20I series, starting November 17, followed by a 2-Test series. The national selection committee is expected to meet in the next couple of days to pick the squad for the T20I series.

However, it has also been reported that most of India’s all-format players will be rested due to having been in the bio-bubble for a long time. Players such as skipper Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, and Rishabh Pant have been in the bubble since the Test tour of England, followed by the IPL and the T20 World Cup.

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma. (Photo: Twitter)

Hence, it remains to be seen if Rohit Sharma decides to take a rest or begin his path as the full-time T20I captain.

“First things first, the squads for New Zealand series need to be decided. Rohit hasn’t yet said that he doesn’t want to lead in the T20 Internationals against New Zealand. And why would he not want to lead? It’s his first series as full-time T20 captain,” a senior BCCI official told PTI when asked if Rohit would take rest.

This would mean that several youngsters will get the opportunity. India had sent a second-string outfit to Sri Lanka in July when the premier players were in England.

Doubts over Virat Kohli’s ODI captaincy after poor show in T20 World Cup

While Kohli had made the decision of stepping down as India‘s T20 captain, he may not be given the choice in terms of ODI captaincy, as the BCCI is “unhappy” with India’s performance in the ongoing T20 World Cup.

India have suffered two embarrassing losses, first to Pakistan and then to New Zealand, and now are on the brink of not qualifying for the semi-finals.

This has created a “serious doubt” over his ODI captaincy as well. Under Kohli, India lost the 2017 Champions Trophy final and the 2019 World Cup semi-final.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. Credits: ICC

“The board is unhappy. And there is serious doubt over his (Virat) ODI captaincy now as well. But three games still left and if India, by any chance, manage to qualify and fight back in the tournament then the scenario could change. But, right now, if you ask me or anybody, Virat is doubtful as ODI captain,” a source told IANS.

India are hanging by a thread in the T20 World Cup. They are now wishing for other results to go their way while also needing to win their own remaining three games by big margins. They will next meet Afghanistan on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.

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