Rohit could replace Virat as limited overs captain after T20 World Cup: Report

After the T20 World Cup concludes in November, Indian cricket may undergo a paradigm shift. According to the Times of India, Virat Kohli may step down as captain of the ODI and T20I teams after the tournament, with opener Rohit Sharma taking his place.

According to BCCI sources published by the Times of India, Kohli has decided to share leadership responsibilities with Sharma. The Times of India said that “Kohli has had extended meetings with Sharma and the team management over the previous two months, particularly following Team India’s triumph in Australia, which coincided with Kohli becoming a father.”

The publication added, “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.”

Kohli thought captaincy in all three formats—Tests, ODIs, and T20Is—was harming his batting, according to The Times of India, which revealed the rationale for the change. “As Team India prepares for two World Cups—T20 and ODI—in 2022 and 2023, Kohli believes his batting, across formats, need more time and energy,” The Times of India stated.

The report quoted a source as saying, “… 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 white ball 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.”

If the’split captaincy’ decision is approved, it will be the third time the option has been used in Indian cricket: Anil Kumble led the Test team in 2007, while M.S. Dhoni headed the ODI and T20I teams. After Dhoni withdrew from the format in 2015, Kohli was named captain of the Test team. Dhoni was captain of the Indian ODI and T20I teams till 2017.

Australia, England, South Africa, the West Indies, and Sri Lanka are among the teams that use the split-captaincy option.

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