Rohit Sharma To Lead India Against T20s Against NZ? Kohli’s ODI Captaincy Under Threat?
By CricShots - Nov 2, 2021 6:34 pm
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According to the latest reports of PTI, Rohit Sharma will be expected to lead the Indian team in the upcoming three-match T20I series against New Zealand which is scheduled to be commencing on November 17. Virat Kohli, the current captain of the side, had earlier announced his decision to step down from the position following the 2021 T20 World Cup.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

As per the quotes in PTI, a senior BCCI official said. “First things first, the squads for New Zealand series need to be decided. Rohit hasn’t yet said that he doesn’t want to lead in the T20 Internationals against New Zealand. And why would he not want to lead? It’s his first series as full-time T20 captain.”

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The same report also mentions that Virat Kohli’s captaincy future in ODIs will also be discussed when the national selectors meet ahead of the series against New Zealand. An earlier report from PTI had stated that Kohli’s future as a limited-overs skipper is in serious doubt with another failure to win an ICC tournament.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

The report also elaborated that the BCCI is inclined towards giving opportunities to “as many players as possible by June next year,” and that Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya are likely to lose their place in the side.

Ruturaj Gaikwad, who finished the IPL 2021 as the Orange Cap winner, is expected to find a place in the Indian squad alongside other IPL 2021 stars – Avesh Khan and Yuzvendra Chahal. Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, meanwhile, are set to get a much-needed rest.

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All-rounder Venkatesh Iyer, who many feels could be the replacement for Pandya in future, may get a chance. Someone like Jammu and Kashmir pace sensation Umran Malik could be a surprise selection as the next big event will be on the bouncy Australian decks. The likes of Axar Patel, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar will be expected to make a comeback for the T20 series while Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Umesh Yadav are set to come back for the red-ball format.