Rohit Sharma To Lead Team India In ODIs And T20Is After T20 World Cup 2021- Reports. India is all set to undergo big changes in the upcoming months. As the Indian captain, Virat Kohli is likely to step down from captaincy in limited-overs cricket after the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 which is scheduled to end in November. This opens the way for Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma to handle the responsibility of Captain in white-ball cricket.
Virat Kohli who is soon going to turn 33 currently is a format captain of the India national cricket team and is one of the most successful Indian captains of all time. It has been told that he has taken the call to share the captaincy responsibility with his deputy Rohit Sharma, A BCCI sources told TOI.
Notably, Virat Kohli is having discussions with Rohit Sharma and the team management over the last few months regarding this matter. Mainly, after India was able to defeat Australia in Australia.
“Virat himself will make the announcement. He is of the view that he needs to concentrate on his batting and go back to becoming what he’s always been — the best batsman in the world”: Sources stated
“Captaincy in 3 formats affecting Virat’s batting, We realize spin-masters will be at work, giving their own twists to these developments. That’s the reason BCCI is planning this well in advance. In the end, Virat and Rohit are on the same page,” the sources told
Virat Kohli who has captained Team India in 95 ODIs and 45 T20Is feels that he needs to focus more on his batting with the 50-over and 20-over World Cup approaching. Notably, Kohli has won 65 ODIs and 29 T20Is as a captain.
” If Rohit Sharma takes over as white-ball captain, Virat can continue leading India’s red-ball aspirations”: SOURCE
The sources also told that Kohli has realized that his responsibilities as an all-format captain is taking a toll on his batting and if Rohit takes over the captaincy in white-ball cricket Kohli can lead India in Tests and focus on his batting in ODIs & T20Is.
“It will wrap up a historic Test cycle from an India perspective. Virat is also the first to realize that his overall responsibilities as captain across formats are taking a toll on his batting. He needs that space and freshness because he has a lot more to offer. If Rohit takes over as white-ball captain, Virat can continue leading India’s red-ball aspirations and work on his T20 and One-day batting. He’s just 32 and given his fitness, he will easily play top cricket for another five to six years at least,” say those in the know.
Rohit Sharma has been in red hot form lately across all three formats. He was previously known as a master of limited-overs cricket but now he has established himself as a champion Test player. Rohit also has a lot of captaincy experience as he is the most successful IPL captain with 5 IPL championships under his belt. He has also captained India in 10 ODIs winning 8 and 19 T20Is winning 15.
“If he had to ever take over as white-ball captain, that time is now. And it’s going to be a win-win for the Indian team because the two senior cricketers are so well in tune with each other,” said a source.
The BCCI source further added that Sharma has to maintain top-notch fitness just like the current Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Talking about the inclusion of MS Dhoni as a mentor in the T20 World Cup 2021 sources told that his inclusion has nothing do to with captaincy.
“Of course, Rohit will have to ensure he maintains top-level fitness. Virat has led by example on that front. For the record, MS Dhoni coming aboard as a mentor has nothing to do with the captaincy.”
“MS has come as a mentor because his mere presence in the dugout will help the team strategize better. When you have such resources at your disposal, why not use them at the opportune moment,” BCCI sources told TOI.