Ever since Virat Kohli has made a shocking announcement of resigning as the Test captain, there are a plethora of suggestions that have been creeping in for the possible replacement of the 33-year-old. While many believe Rohit Sharma is the front runner to replace Virat Kohli, as he is already the captain in the limited-overs formats, former Indian opener, Aakash Chopra has raised an interesting question regarding his fitness.
After taking up the captaincy role in the limited-over format, Rohit has featured in one T20I series against New Zealand and has since been out of action. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation and it will be interesting to see if the Indian stalwart will be able to gain match fitness ahead of the Sri Lanka series, which will be played next month.
In the video post on his Youtube channel, Aakash Chopra said, “Rohit Sharma seems to be the most obvious choice because he is the ODI and T20I captain at the moment and the last year was a watershed event for him in Tests. But there are serious questions about his fitness because the hamstring is troubling him since 2020. In theory, it seems alright but will he be able to remain fit?”
Aakash Chopra reckons that KL Rahul might be an ideal candidate for the role, pointing to his rise as a Test cricketer in the last year.
Aakash Chopra elaborated, “KL Rahul also seems to be an obvious choice. His stature has grown in Test cricket over the last year. But it is also true that it has happened only after August. He was made to open and has not looked back since. But does he come across as your natural leader?”