New Delhi. Virat Kohli will step down as India’s captain from T20 International (ICC T20 World Cup 2021) after the World Cup in UAE. However, the BCCI has not yet officially announced the next Indian captain. But according to media reports, Rohit Sharma, the current white-ball vice-captain of the India national cricket team, will become the next T20 captain after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. Virat Kohli announced last month that he would step down from the captaincy in the T20 International format after the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021. Since then, there was constant speculation about Rohit Sharma becoming the next T20 captain.
According to Inside Sports, a BCCI source has confirmed that Rohit Sharma will become India’s next T20 captain. A BCCI source said, “It is not a secret who is going to take over the post. Rohit Sharma has been in the leadership group and he will take over from Virat after the T20 World Cup. Virat Kohli had said that he would step down as India’s T20 International captain after the T20 World Cup due to workload. With this, India will return to a split captaincy for the first time since Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped down as Test captain in 2014 and handed over the reins to Kohli. After this, Virat Kohli took over as the T20 International captain in 2017. Since then Kohli has led India in 45 T20 Internationals. Under his captaincy, India has won 27 matches with a win percentage of 65.11.
Rohit Sharma, with whom Virat Kohli discussed stepping down as T20 captain, will be India’s third full-time captain in the format. Suresh Raina and Virender Sehwag also led India in T20 Internationals. Rohit Sharma is the most successful IPL captain to have won five titles with a win percentage of 59.68. At the same time, he has captained 19 T20 International matches for India. In this, he has won 15 times with a win percentage of 78.94. He began India’s captaincy journey in the bilateral series against Sri Lanka in 2017 and went on to win all three matches. However, his first major Test as captain was in the 2018 Nidahas Trophy.
Apart from this, Rohit Sharma has not only flourished as a captain, but he has also scored big scores as a batsman during his tenure as captain. In those 19 matches, Rohit scored 712 runs at an average of 41.88, including two centuries and five half-centuries. After the appointment of Rohit Sharma, BCCI will also bring in Rahul Dravid as the next coach of India. However, they will have to go through the entire process including giving a presentation for the CAC. The BCCI had invited applications for the roles of head coach, batting coach, bowling coach and fielding coach, with October 26 as the last date for submission of applications for the post of head coach.
Even though the BCCI will not have long time to finalize everything, but according to the source, a new CAC member will have to be appointed to replace Madan Lal along with the appointment of the next coach before the New Zealand series.
The source said, “We have approached some people to replace Madan Lal, but nothing has been finalized yet. But of course, before the selection of the coach, there will be a change in the CAC. Whoever (coach) applies will have to go through the CAC and complete all the formalities. Even Rahul Dravid will have to put forth his views before the CAC. We expect the process to be completed before the New Zealand series.”