Former India wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta says Rohit Sharma is “definitely an option” for Team India’s captaincy – at least in T20 cricket – to replace Virat Kohli if the side underperforms in the T20 World Cup later in the year.
Under Kohli, India have suffered three consecutive loss in ICC knockouts, and he has been under heavy scrutiny. Especially with Rohit Sharma leading the Mumbai Indians to 5 IPL titles, and Kohli has none for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, that has added more pressure on the current Indian skipper.
It will be unfair on Rohit and also Virat just 3-4 months before the World Cup: Deep Dasgupta
Deep Dasgupta answers the calls demanding Rohit Sharma be made the T20I captain ahead of the T20 World Cup. He says that it would be unfair to Sharma, Kohli, and the team itself as well if sudden changes in personnel are made.
“I won’t say ‘high time’ but I would say Rohit is definitely an option. I think a lot will depend on the T20 World Cup because as of now it’s very difficult. You have just 3-4 months ahead of you, you will change the captaincy, which will mean that the team will have to align with the style of the new captain,” Deep Dasgupta said in his YouTube video.
“Even though Rohit has led the side before, there’s a difference between a stand-in skipper and a full-time skipper because as the former you don’t want to make too many changes. When you are a full-time skipper, obviously, you want to make changes because you want to run the team your way.
“I believe it will be unfair on Rohit, the team, and also Virat now just 3-4 months before [the World Cup]. But I think the T20 World Cup will be very, very important in that aspect, because if something goes wrong there then Rohit is one of the main contenders for that spot,” Deep Dasgupta further explained.
Apart from the 3 T20Is against Sri Lanka this month, India are not scheduled to play any more T20Is before the T20 World Cup – the second phase of the IPL is lined up straight after the conclusion of the England Test series. With that in mind, the selectors are likely to stick with their current skipper for the mega-event, after which there could be changes in captaincy possible if the team disappoints.