While Virat Kohli had made the decision of stepping down as India‘s T20 captain, it has been reported that he may not be given the choice in terms of ODI captaincy, as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (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 Virat Kohli, India lost the 2017 Champions Trophy final and the 2019 World Cup semi-final.
“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.
Split captaincy the way to go forward?
While Rohit Sharma is the likeliest candidate to replace Virat Kohli as both ODI and T20I captain, the source explained that the board hasn’t decided yet.
The official appointment of the new coach, who is all but confirmed to be Rahul Dravid, is still left and the topic of split captaincy will be discussed with him as well.
“It is too early to name anybody, let the T20 World Cup get over. Rahul Dravid may also join the team as head coach soon. He will be discussed as well. Rohit or anybody else, or Virat continues, everything will be done afterwards. There are chances that India get one captain for T20 and ODI formats and one (Virat) for Tests,” the source added.
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.