Rohit Sharma to be India’s all-format captain, KL Rahul to be his Test deputy: Exactly at 6:44 PM (IST) on January 15th, Virat Kohli jolted the entire cricket fraternity with his abrupt call to resign from the Test captaincy, with immediate effect, with a prime objective to focus solely on his batting and start a new wind with his bat. No one saw this coming so quick, as Virat Kohli was the biggest brand ambassador of the traditional format of cricket and everyone expected him to stick to the red ball leadership for a bit longer.
Around four months earlier, the all format Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, took to social media and declared that he is no longer going to serve team India as the T20I captain and wants to concentrate on the ODIs and test captaincy.
However, the BCCI couldn’t afford to appoint two separate captains for the white-ball squads. Moreover, the bridge to be formed between the T20I and ODI captain didn’t seem to work out as the two captains (Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma) followed separate ideologies in the field of cricket.
In between Virat Kohli’s T20I and Test captaincy quit, the BCCI sacked Kohli from his ODI leadership.
Now in no time, Virat Kohli has joined the elite list of cricketers who have been the former skippers of team India.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), after sacking Virat Kohli from the ODI captaincy, announced Rohit Sharma as the new Indian white-ball skipper. The cricket board also elevated Rohit to the test vice-captaincy role, removing under-performing Ajinkya Rahane.
Rohit Sharma is now all set to become India’s all-format captain if everything goes well. He being the current vice-captain of the test side, makes him the first choice candidate to lead team India in the traditional format as well.
Moreover, KL Rahul is likely to be appointed his deputy in red-ball cricket. Rahul was recently appointed Virat Kohli’s deputy for the three matches test series against South Africa as Rohit Sharma was ruled out of the tour due to a hamstring injury.
It must be noted that BCCI is in no hurry to immediately announce the new Indian test captain. There is ample time for the Indian cricket board to ponder and consider every possible option available.
The new Indian test captain is likely to be announced right ahead of the start of the test series against Sri Lanka.
As of now, the major issue with Rohit Sharma is his frequent breakouts. Moreover being an all-format captain won’t be easy for Sharma, especially in covid times, keeping in mind his age and fitness.