According to the recent reports of the Times of India, there are certain chances that India’s limited-overs set up will witness a change in captaincy with captain Virat Kohli likely to step down from the role and hand over the duties to his deputy Rohit Sharma. Kohli is currently leading the Indin team in all the formats having established himself among one of the all-time greats.
There have been rumors of Rohit Shrm to become the captain at least in T20Is, considering his record as stand-in captain with IPL success where he has led Mumbai Indians to five titles. However, this could become reality once the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup gets over in the UAE with Virat Kohli now more keen to concentrate on his batting.
One of the sources of Times of Indiq said, “Virat himself will make the announcement. He is of the view that he needs to concentrate on his batting and go back to becoming what he’s always been — the best batsman in the world.”
Virat Kohli has so far led India in 95 ODIs, and with 65 wins along with 27 defeats, has maintained more than a decent winning percentage of 70.43. In 45 T20Is so far where he has been the captain, India has won 27 times and suffered losses in 14 games. On the other hand, Rohit has led India in 10 ODIs and led them to victories on eight occasions while losing twice. In T20Is, he has captained them 19 times of which they have won 15 and lost four.
TOI’s report regrding the same said, “It will wrap up a historic Test cycle from an India perspective. Virat is also the first to realise that his overall responsibilities as captain across formats are taking a toll on his batting. He needs that space and freshness because he has a lot more to offer. If Rohit takes over as whiteball captain, Virat can continue leading India’s red-ball aspirations and work on his T20 and One-day batting. He’s just 32 and given his fitness, he will easily play top cricket for another five to six years at least.”
One of the biggest criticisms of Kohli’s captaincy is his failure to win knockout games in the marquee ICC events since taking over the charge of the team. Recently, in June, India lost in the final of the World Test Championship as well which further fueled the talks. However, as per the TOI report, Virat Kohli, Rohit, and India team management have had meetings in the past few months over the change of captainy, at least in white-ball cricket.