Former Indian team selector Sarandeep Singh said that Rohit Sharma is the first choice for captaincy after Virat Kohli in limited overs cricket, but he will not be able to hold the position for long. Virat Kohli will leave the captaincy of the T20 team after the World Cup and Rohit is set to be the captain in his place. After a poor performance in the T20 World Cup, questions are also being raised about Virat’s ODI captaincy and Sarandeep said that Rohit is suitable for the position, but he will be able to play this role only for a short period.
Sarandeep told PTI, “Rohit is a good option (to captain the limited overs team) and one of your best batsmen. But the selection committee has to take a decision whether to make him the captain for a few years (till the 2023 ODI World Cup) or to entrust the responsibility to a player who can lead the team for a long time. If they are looking too far ahead then KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant can be good options.
It is reported that after the T20 World Cup, Rohit Sharma can be handed over the captaincy of the Indian cricket team in the three-match T20 International series against New Zealand starting on November 17, while the BCCI and the national selectors will be appointed in the next few days. Virat’s future as ODI captain will also be discussed in the upcoming meeting.
Kohli’s future as captain in the limited overs format is believed to be in doubt after another failure to win the ICC (International Cricket Council) tournament. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah will hold a meeting with the national selectors in a couple of days to discuss the issue of team leadership. Some sources, however, have indicated that top players like Rohit may take a break from the two Tests against New Zealand in Kanpur (November 25-29) and Mumbai (December 3-7).