While the appointment of Rohit Sharma as the new ODI skipper has resulted in mixed reactions, former Indian cricketer, Kirti Azad doesn’t find “anything wrong” in Virat Kohli’s exit. On Wednesday, BCCI announced that Rohit will now be leading Team India in limited-overs cricket as the Test squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa was announced.
Rohit Sharma now being assigned the ODI leadership completes the overhaul of the Indian setup in limited-overs cricket. Rohit had recently India in the T20I series against New Zealand at home. He has also been promoted as the deputy skipper in Tests, replacing senior batter Ajinkya Rahane in the role.
In a statement regarding the same, BCCI wrote: “The All-India Senior Selection Committee also decided to name Mr. Rohit Sharma as the Captain of the ODI & T20I teams going forward.”
A section of fans has slammed the Indian board for the sudden change in leadership and stripping Kohli off the ODI captaincy and the board didn’t even address sacking Virat in their official statement. The 33-year-old reportedly did not want to relinquish the ODI captaincy, intending to lead the unit until the 2023 World Cup in India.
However, Kirti Azad has come in support of the All-India Senior Selection Committee’s move and described Rohit as the “right person” to take up the leadership role.
As per the quote sin ANI, Kirti Azad explained, “Well, change is constant. This happens Rohit has been doing well and Virat had said that he wanted to be away from the captaincy in limited-overs. So, the right person to get into his place is Rohit Sharma. That’s a call by the selectors. Virat wanted it but selectors thought that Rohit Sharma should come in and that’s about it. I don’t find anything wrong with it.”
Speaking on Kohli’s impressive batting record, Kirti Azad asserted, “Yes, when you compare people you show records you say this guy was better and that guy was better. Somebody has got more centuries than the other but that doesn’t mean one is better than the other. The importance of a player is not measured by his captaincy. Rahane is a very good player. His form was not good and keeping that in mind selectors have taken away the vice-captaincy.”