Virat Kohli’s coach backs Rohit Sharma to take team India to unprecedented heights: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), last year, came to the much-anticipated conclusion to hand over the reins of Team India’s limited-overs squads to worthy Rohit Sharma as a fruitful reward for his sheer consistency. Sharma was all set to lead India against South Africa in the away fixture, however, an untimely hamstring injury came his way and he was ruled out of the tour.
The BCCI, then, appointed KL Rahul as the stand-in skipper while Kohli was set to lead his test side. Following India’s dissatisfying outing against South Africa in the Test series, which India lost by 2-1, Kohli decided to step down from his test captaincy as well.
Right now, the BCCI is amidst the most onerous phase in which the cricketing body has to zero on a new captain of the test format. Though there are a few good choices to opt for, none of them looks like a perfect solution candidate.
However, Virat Kohli’s childhood coach, Rajkumar Sharma, reckons Rohit Sharma is the ultimate choice to replace Virat Kohli in all three formats. Sharma believes that Rohit features in all three formats and has a rich experience in successfully leading Mumbai Indians (MI) to five IPL titles.
“I don’t think there is any contender apart from Rohit Sharma because there is no other player whose place is certain in all three formats. So I believe he is the better choice and he has done excellent captaincy in the IPL and whenever he has got a chance for the Indian team,” Rajkumar said in an interview with India News.
He further asserted that he has confidence and strongly believe that team India will reach unprecedented heights under Rohit’s leadership.
“I have full expectation that he will take the Indian team to newer heights,” the coach added.
Rajkumar Sharma further mentioned that the Indian selectors must give 100 per cent freeness to Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid to pick the players they want in the team as it makes the job lot easier for them on the ground.
“Every captain has his own choice and every captain desires to get the players he wants and generally that happens as well. It becomes easy if Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid are on the same page, if the captain and coach want a particular team, the selectors feel it right to give them that team. This should happen also and I feel that will happen as well,” he added.
Rohit will feature in his maiden series, after being appointed team India’s full-time captain, against West Indies. The series will begin on February 6.