Virat Kohli resigned as India’s T20I skipper after the conclusion of the T20 World Cup 2021. After Kohli relinquished the T20I captaincy role, the BCCI decided to go with Rohit Sharma as India’s full-time skipper in T20Is. Rohit led the men in blue to register a whitewash me. The Indian opener led the Men in Blue in a three-match T20I series against New Zealand and claimed a 3-0 victory over the Black Caps.
Later, the BCCI sacked Virat Kohli from ODI captaincy and handed over the leadership role to Rohit Sharma. However, the decision of the BCCI opened doors for fuming debates among cricket fans and experts all over the world. Meanwhile, former head coach, Ravi Shastri has opined that the split captaincy in Team India can be a blessing in disguise for Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.
During a chat on Star Sports, Ravi Shastri said, “I think it’s the right way to go. This could be a blessing in disguise for Virat, and for Rohit because I don’t think in this era if the bubble life exists for another year or so, one guy can handle all, that is not easy at all.”
The former Indian coach further added that he would not have considered himself as a successful coach if he was not able to get the best out of Rohit as an opener.
Talking about the same, Ravi Shastri said, “It was very clear in my mind that I wanted to do it. I thought if I can’t get the best out of him as a batsman then I am a failure as a coach because there is too much talent there.”
Ravi Shastri also spoke about his relationship with the Indian Test captain Virat Kohli.
Elaborating the same, Ravi Shastri said, “We’re both pretty aggressive, we want to play to win. We realized very quickly that to win you need to take 20 wickets, deciding to play aggressive and fearless cricket. It meant at times you would lose games but once you got one across the line, then it’s infectious.”
Virat Kohli is leading Team India in the ongoing three-match Test series against South Africa, while Rohit Sharma is likely to begin his ODI captaincy stint during the limited-overs captaincy against Proteas, which is scheduled to begin on January 19.