India’s newly appointed T20I skipper Rohit Sharma opened up on Virat Kohli’s role going ahead in the T20I format for India. He has said nothing will change for Kohli in the team as he will keep doing what he was doing despite leaving the captaincy.
Virat Kohli has stepped down from the captaincy of the Indian T20I team and Rohit Sharma is named his successor. The upcoming T20I series against New Zealand will be Rohit’s first assignment as the full-time skipper.
“Virat Kohli’s role won’t change. He will keep on doing what he has been doing for the team for so many years,” said India’s newly appointed T20I captain Rohit Sharma in a virtual press conference on the eve of the first T20I when he was asked about Kohli.
Rohit was Kohli’s deputy in the white-ball cricket for the last three-four years. Whenever Kohli opted for rest in the white-ball cricket, Rohit used to fill in his shoes in his absence.
Rohit admitted Kohli is an impact player and he will keep adding value to the team.
“He is a very important player for the team. Whenever he plays, he creates an impact. He always leaves his mark on the match.
“Everyone has a different role in the team. And those change based on whether you are batting first or chasing so based on that, roles will keep on changing. Everyone is open to that and I’m sure when Virat comes back, it will only strengthen the team. The wealth of experience he has and kind of batsman he is, it will only add value to our squad,” Rohit said.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has opted to rest some of the senior players for this series as they were on road since May. However, India’s newly appointed head coach Rahul Dravid feels nothing will change for Team India despite some senior pros being rested for the series.
“Even in football, the big players don’t play all the matches. Player’s mental and physical well-being will be important. It’s a balancing act and work towards getting everyone fit and ready for the big tournaments,” explained Dravid.
The first T20I of the three-match series will be played on November 17 in Jaipur.