Rohit’s brilliant performance in Australia will lead to split captaincy debate: Shoaib Akhtar
Team India led by Virat Kohli are currently in Australia in a bid to play a full-fledged tour. India will play three ODIs, three T20Is and four Tests. However, Indian captain Kohli will return home after playing the first Test match in Adelaide that comes to a close on December 21.
Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma are expecting their first child in early January. BCCI granted him a paternity leave and the captain will fly home after the completion of the first Test to be with his wife. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma has been rested for ODI and T20I series.
Rohit who led Mumbai Indians to fifth IPL trophy will fly to Australia to play Test series. He will have to deliver the much-needed amends in the overseas conditions especially in Kohli’s absence. The Test series between the two teams will start on December 17 in Adelaide.
Rohit Sharma gets a great opportunity to showcases his captaincy skills in international cricket. Under his captaincy, India won Asia Cup and Nidahas Trophy including 5 IPL titles.
Rohit should lead Kohli’s absence in Tests: Akhtar
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar reckons that Rohit should lead the team from the front in Virat Kohli’s absence in Tests. Though Ajinkya Rahane is vice-captain in Tests, the Rawalpindi Express backs Hitman to take over the captaincy.
According to Akhtar, Rohit Sharma is one of the greatest batsmen India has ever produced. He further added that the entire cricket fraternity would be looking at Rohit as captain and batsman. In case the 33-year-old batsman performs well in Australia, then it will lead to split captaincy debate once again according to former Pakistani speedster.
“Rohit is one of the greatest batsmen India has produced. Now he also understands the real value of his talent. Australia will be his best chance to prove himself as captain. He should grab it with both hands. He has the talent and ability to lead the team. It will be a tough test for India, and I would look for these kinds of situations as a player.
The whole world would be looking at Rohit as captain and batsman. If he does well for himself and the team, then there should be a debate about split captaincy,” Shoaib Akhtar as quoted by The New Indian Express.
“In my opinion, India have the ability to win again. But if their middle order doesn’t perform, I see them struggling. People will be watching this series with great interest including myself. The day-night Test will be their toughest test. If India plays well in those conditions, then you never know. The first two innings of the first Test will tell us where the series is headed,” he concluded.