Indian opener Rohit Sharma will lead the team in limited-overs completely after he was named the ODI captain of India on Wednesday.
Rohit led India in the New Zealand T20I series just after Virat Kohli stepped down from the T20I captaincy role at the end of the T20 World Cup.
Rohit Sharma takes over complete white-ball captaincy from Virat Kohli
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the Test squad for the South Africa tour and also mentioned that Rohit will take control of the white-ball formats.
“The All-India Senior Selection Committee also decided to name Mr Rohit Sharma as the Captain of the ODI & T20I teams going forward,” the BCCI said in a statement.
Rohit has won the Asia Cup in 2018 and the Nidahas Trophy in the same year and has also led the team in various bilateral series in Kohli’s absence.
The 34-year-old has played 227 ODI matches amd 119 T20 Internationals since making his debut against Ireland in 2007 in the 50-over format.
Notably, Rohit has also been named as the vice-captain of the Test side which means Ajinkya Rahane’s position in the team remains doubtful.
However, Kohli will remain India’s captain in the red-ball format as BCCI, on Friday, announced India‘s 15-member Test squad which will be travelling to South Africa for a three-match Test series and it will be led by the Delhi player.
India will play against the Proteas in three Tests and as many ODI matches with the tour starting on December 26.
Let us bring you’ll the Twitter users’ reaction to The Hitman’s appointment as ODI skipper.
Twitter Reactions On Rohit Sharma’s Appointment As India’s ODI Captain
More important than the announcement of the team to South Africa is the fact that Rohit Sharma is the captain across T20 and ODI cricket. Clearly this is looking ahead to 2023.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 8, 2021
Rohit Sharma as India captain…
in ODIs: Since 10 Dec 2017 – 10 ODIs, 8 wins, 2 losses (%win 80.00) – is #3 in this format.
in T20Is: Since 20 Dec 2017 – 22 T20Is, 18 wins, 4 losses (%win 81.82) – has the best record in this format.
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 8, 2021
— Saiteja (@sai123ro45) December 8, 2021
Rohit Sharma has been named as India’s new ODI captain, replacing Virat Kohli. pic.twitter.com/vtkq39tHBF
— ICC (@ICC) December 8, 2021
Rohit Sharma missed out from the home edition of 2011 World Cup and 12 years later, he'll be leading India in the 2023 World Cup in India.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) December 8, 2021
— Vimal Kumar/विमल कुमार (@Vimalwa) December 8, 2021
In this period of transition in Indian cricket, as captaincy for different formats is recast and dressing room dynamics change, Rahul Dravid has a big role to play in the interplay between #ViratKohli and #RohitSharma: as buffer, bridge and big brother
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 8, 2021
Congratulations to @ImRo45 for becoming captain of ODI and T20 team of india. His experience will definitely boost our prospects. Contribution of @imVkohli can never be forgotten. He took india to pinnacle.@BCCI
— Rajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) December 8, 2021