Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: BCCI)
The upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is scheduled to begin on October 17. All the teams are gearing up for it after naming their squads. Team India recently named its 15-member squad for the same. Virat Kohli will lead the team with Rohit Sharma being named as his deputy. But things could change in terms of leadership after the T20 World Cup.
One of the biggest criticisms of Kohli’s captaincy is his failure to land a major ICC trophy since taking over the charge of the team. Recently, in June, India lost in the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand in Southampton.
One of India’s most successful captains, Kohli led India in 95 ODIs, and with 65 wins and 27 defeats. In 45 T20Is so far where he has been the captain, India has won 27 times while losing 14 times.
Meanwhile, Rohit, 34, has led India 10 times in ODIs and led them to victories on eight occasions. In T20Is, he has captained them 19 times of which they have won 15 and lost four.
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“It will wrap up a historic Test cycle from an India perspective. Virat is also the first to realize 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 white-ball captain, Virat can continue leading India’s red-ball aspirations and work on his T20 and ODI batting. He’s just 32 and given his fitness, he will easily play top cricket for another five to six years at least,” the report further quoted sources as saying.
“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,” The Times of India quoted sources as saying.
Rohit Sharma likely to get the white-ball captaincy
On the other hand, whenever Kohli was handed rest by the management, Rohit Sharma has ably filled in as the leader and has lost just two times while leading the team in 10 ODIs. In the shortest format, the 34-year-old has led India to 15 victories in 19 games.
Also, the India opener comes in with a vast amount of experience in terms of leadership and his record in the franchise T20 cricket is unparalleled.
According to reports, Kohli, Rohit, and management have had several meetings in the past few months over the change in terms of leadership in the limited-overs format.
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