Former Indian player Madan Lal welcomed the split captaincy concept in the Indian cricket team and backed Rohit Sharma to step in Virat Kohli’s shoes. After the BCCI announced India’s preliminary T20 World Cup squad, there were a lot of speculations on Indian skipper Virat Kohli likely to give up the captaincy if India doesn’t lift the T20 World Cup in UAE.
Some theories also suggest that Kohli will voluntary step down after the showpiece event and India’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma will take over as the team’s white-ball skipper that means India might consider formulating a split captaincy method just like Australia and England have.
Will Virat Kohli step down from captaincy after T20 World Cup?
But BCCI secretary Jay Shah has clearly mentioned there won’t be any change in the captaincy as long as the team is performing. Shah said that he had discussions with Kohli, Rohit and head coach Ravi Shastri regarding the matter and everyone agreed to the decision.
“As long as a team is performing while on the crease, the question of a change in captaincy doesn’t arise,” Shah told The Indian Express.
“I spoke to the captain and vice-captain, as well as Ravi Shastri. They all are on the same page, so that’s why this matter has reached this conclusion,” he added.
We are lucky that we have Rohit Sharma in the team: Madan Lal
However, Madan Lal, who is also a member of BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), thinks that Rohit Sharma can take place of the team’s captain if Kohli wants to step down and focus on his batting.
“I guess this could be a nice option. We are in a very good position right now. We are lucky that we have Rohit Sharma in the team and whenever Virat Kohli feels that he wants to concentrate on one or two formats then Rohit can step in, and he has a lot of experience,” Madan Lal told news agency IANS.
“So, in a way, I feel it will benefit India. I read that Virat is likely to step down from captaincy (of ODI and T20) as he wants to concentrate on his batting, which is a good idea I guess. I don’t know whether it is a rumour or what… but the split captaincy plan could benefit India in a big way. It all depends on what Virat is thinking right now. India as a team is doing a great job, we have seen that in England (Test series) recently. So, let’s see what happens,” he added.
India is paired with Pakistan, Afghanistan, New Zealand and two more teams, which will be determined through World Cup qualifiers, in the Group 2 of the T20 World Cup. Virat Kohli and his men will take on Pakistan in their first match of the Super 12 stage on October 24.