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Rohit could replace Kohli as limited-overs skipper: Report


After India’s exit from ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, widespread speculations of rift between Indian captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma were tossing around. Amid the rumour, it appears that some new development is taking place according to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) functionary.

Rohit could replace Kohli as limited-overs skipper: Report
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in action.

The person who spoke on the condition of anonymity was perhaps certain from his words that Rohit Sharma could replace Virat Kohli in ODIs and T20Is.

In the aftermath of India’s dismal performance in the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand, Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli and even Sanjay Bangar faced severe flak as many cricket experts believe that the team missed out on the trick by not sending MS Dhoni at No.4 as he was the ideal player to have done the job for India.

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As there is no time to think of the past, the board has been planning things in advance for they have to approach the game with a fresh perspective. According to the board’s functionary, time has come for Rohit Sharma to take over the captaincy so as to plan for the next World Cup. Even majority of the cricket experts and fans think Rohit is the right man to lead India in the limited-overs cricket.

“This would be the right time for Rohit to take over the mantle of the captaincy in the 50-over format. There has been immense support to the present captain and the management and it is time to plan ahead for the next World Cup and for that the existing ideas and plans need a fresh look. We all know some areas need a relook. Rohit would be the right man for the job,” a functionary was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.

“You are aware that Vinod Rai (CoA chief) has already mentioned that a review meeting will take place. This will have to be ascertained when the review takes place and it is important to get to the bottom of these rumours,” the functionary added.

There may also be possibilities of Indian cricket moving towards split captaincy. According to a report in IANS suggests, split captaincy is still possible with Rohit Sharma having a chance to lead ODIs and T20Is by replacing Virat Kohli and the latter may lead in Test cricket. It would be quite interesting to see what happens in the near future.

There are still more interesting things to look ahead as Rohit Sharma is all set to skipper Men in Blue on the tour of West Indies as Virat Kohli is expected to be rested for the full tour. Besides him, Jasprit Bumrah is also expected to be given complete rest for the upcoming series.

India will play three T20Is, three ODIs and two Tests against West Indies. The selection panel chaired by MSK Prasad will be announcing the squad later this week.

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