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

After Virat Kohli recently stepped down from India’s Test captaincy a day after his side lost the Test series 1-2 to South Africa, the speculations for India’s next red-ball leader is featured in everyone’s minds.

Ajinkya Rahane, who was Kohli’s deputy for a long time, was axed from the role ahead of the South Africa tour owing to poor form with the bat.

Rohit Sharma was named as the initial vice-captain of the Test squad before he was ruled out of the South Africa tour owing to a hamstring injury.

KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Getty)

KL Rahul was promoted as the vice-captain and also led the team in Johannesburg in Kohli’s absence. Some media reports have also suggested that Rohit and Rahul are the front-runners for India’s red-ball captaincy.

The problem with Rohit Sharma is that he has fitness issues: Sunil Gavaskar

Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar, however, is not in the favor of handing Rohit the red-ball captaincy because of his unpredictable injuries.

Gavaskar believes the selectors should look for someone who plays all formats while citing former Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews’ case.

“The problem with Rohit is that he has fitness issues. So you need a player who remains fit and is available for all matches. If you remember, Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews had the same issue with a hamstring. And with that, when you try to run fast or take a quick single, the injury resurfaces,” Gavaskar told Sports Tak.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. Credits: Twitter

“If that is to happen, you may be forced to name someone else captain. So it’s better to pick a player who instead has external injuries. But with Rohit, this cycle of picking up regular injuries is why I am doubtful about him. This is why I feel that only a player who features in all formats should be made captain,” he added.

No board would want its captain’s hands should be tied: Sunil Gavaskar

Gavaskar also dismissed the theories of BCCI president Sourav Ganguly having played any role behind Kohli’s decision to quit Test captaincy.

“No board would want its captain’s hands should be tied. Sourav Ganguly, the president was a captain himself, so he wouldn’t do anything that would trouble the Indian skipper. Sure, at times there might be a few disagreements but I cannot even imagine something like that happening in Indian cricket,” Gavaskar mentioned.

Kohli took over the reins from MS Dhoni in Test cricket after the latter retired from the red-ball format at the end of 2014. Kohli stood as India’s captain in 68 Test matches and won 40 of them, the best record for any Indian skipper.

Under the leadership of Kohli, India won their first-ever Test series in Australia when they defeated them 2-1 in the 2018/19 Border Gavaskar series.

The team’s approach of playing overseas Test matches transfigured as they developed a winning and fighting attitude under Kohli’s tenure as the captain of the team.

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