Saturday, December 10, 2022



The BCCI wants Rohit Sharma to take over as ODI captain from Virat Kohli.



The BCCI are reportedly keen on appointing Rohit Sharma as India’s new ODI captain following Virat Kohli’s decision to step down from the role last month.

Kohli announced he would step down from leading India in the T20I format, and multiple reports have claimed that the country’s cricket board are also considering replacing the 33-year-old at an ODI level.

Reports have also suggested that India’s new head coach, Rahul Dravid, wants to hand over white-ball captaincy to Rohit, who led the side in the T20I series against New Zealand.

“As of now, it has seemed difficult for Virat to maintain his ODI captaincy,” a senior BCCI official told PTI (via Times Now News), “but since ODI isn’t important this “With only a few matches this year, one might think about deferring the choice.”

“However, if the majority of decision-makers believe Rohit is the guy to replace moving forward, and he’ll have plenty of time to put together a team for the 2023 event, why have decisions that make for two formats?”

The same source also revealed that Ajinkya Rahane might be removed from his vice-captaincy role owing to poor form with the bat. They admitted that the player will travel to South Africa with the rest of the team, but there was a chance he could have been dropped from the team if he hadn’t picked up an injury.

They added that if Rahane isn’t a sure-shot starter, questions over him remaining the vice-captain would arise. Rohit Sharma is an obvious choice to replace Rahane as the deputy, and he even filled in the role well during the Australia Test series in the final two games.

While Kohli backed his teammate, insisting that his form must not be judged by anyone, he did suggest that decisions will be taken regarding Rahane’s role in the upcoming tour of South Africa.

He added that discussions will be held with the management and team selectors over who should make the final playing XI, especially since the Indian team is currently spoiled for choice with multiple players to pick in the same position.

Kohli added that whatever decision is taken will be for the benefit of the entire team and it will be a collective decision, taking everyone’s role in the team into consideration. He revealed that these discussions are often lengthy, where everyone puts forth their ideas, and the team comes to a solution together.



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