Virat Kohli is going to step down as the captain of the Indian T20 team after the T20 World Cup. He has already announced this, but now news is coming that in the coming few days, Rohit Sharma will be given the captaincy of T20 as well as ODI team.
According to reports, the selection committee will take a decision on this. The Indian selection committee will not only choose the team for the home series against New Zealand, but Rohit is likely to be handed over the captaincy of ODI and T20. Kohli had announced to leave the captaincy of T20 in the past, but now there is every possibility that the captaincy of the ODI team will also be handed over to Rohit from his hands. Senior members of the board believe that having different captains for T20 and ODI will not work.
Kohli unlikely to remain ODI captain:
India have only three 50-over games in the current home season, all the encounters against the West Indies in February. The BCCI is keen on having a two-year master-plan, going into the 2023 World Cup in India.
While they are in no hurry to announce a new ODI captain, it is certain that they wouldn’t want a separate white ball captain for just three games, with 17 T20 games in India till June.
However, before that India have an ODI series in South Africa and it remains to be seen whether Kohli will voluntarily step down from the 50-over captaincy or wait for the BCCI to give him the nudge.
Either way, his leadership in white-ball days is numbered.
Rohit as limited overs captain:
“3 Captains for 3 formats will create a lot of confusion. We want the flow of ideas & direction to be very smooth. We feel India should have the same ODI & T20 Captain & Rohit Sharma in the current scheme of things is the best choice. Selectors will take the final call in the next meeting. Whatever is good for the Indian cricket, the decision will be taken accordingly,” said a BCCI official.
Thus Rohit is all set to take over the Indian white ball captaincy from the T20I series vs New Zealand this month with matches on 17, 19 & 21 November at Jaipur, Ranchi and Kolkata respectively.
To have the same captain leading the team in both white-ball formats might be a more conducive option for the team management. For now, however, only the T20I captaincy announcement will be made.
Rohit Sharma has also inspired the team in Virat Kohli’s absence to memorable triumphs in Asia Cup and Nidahas Trophy, besides leading Mumbai Indians to an unprecedented five IPL titles. Rohit Sharma, 34, has led India 10 times in ODIs and led them to victories on eight occasions. In T20Is, he has captained them 19 times, of which they have won 15 and lost four.
One of India’s most successful captains, Virat Kohli, led India in 95 ODIs, and with 65 wins and 27 defeats. In 47 T20Is so far, where he has been the captain, India has won 29 times while losing 16 times.
Virat Kohli on Monday all but confirmed Rohit Sharma as his successor for the national T20 captaincy, saying that the senior opener has been “overlooking things for a while now”.
“I’ve been immensely proud of how the team has played. Now I think it’s time for the next lot to take this team forward. Obviously, Rohit is here and he’s overlooking things for a while now,” Kohli said during the toss ahead of India’s final T20 World Cup match against Namibia.
Rohit Sharma Stats As A Player:
Rohit Sharma ICC Rankings:
Rohit Sharma ICC Ranking in Test – 5
Rohit Sharma ICC Ranking in ODI – 3
Rohit Sharma ICC Ranking in T20 – 23
Rohit Sharma Stats As ODI Captain:
Rohit Sharma Stats As T20I Captain:
Rohit Sharma Stats As IPL Captain:
In 2017, Rohit Sharma was named the Indian captain for the first time in his career. India won the ODI series 2-1 under his leadership. He again led India in the 2018 Asia Cup after Virat Kohli was rested after the England tour. India won the tournament after beating Bangladesh in the final.
During his time as an ODI Captain, he has scored 4 half centuries and two centuries including a 208 score against Sri Lanka in 2017.
In T20Is, till date, he has only been defeated 4 times with New Zealand winning twice, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka winning once each. In 19 matches as a captain, he has scored 7 half centuries and 2 centuries. He has only lost one series that was away to New Zealand in 2019.