Rohit Sharma Handed Task of Leading India
Rohit Sharma is the man who has been tasked with leading India in both forms of white-ball cricket after being confirmed as the country’s new ODI captain.
In a move that sees Virat Kohli replaced as skipper of the 50-over side, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) have made a big call to give Rohit the armband, and time will tell to see if it pays off.
Rohit to Lead India’s White-Ball Charge
In what has been a relatively quick turnaround, Rohit has gone from a squad member to being handed the captaincy for both the T20 and ODI teams. Those betting on cricket with Betfair will see that India are the favourites to win the T20 World Cup in 2022. Rohit was given the armband for the 20-over format after Kohli decided to step down from the captaincy. Free cricket betting tips still see India as the favourites for next year’s World Cup, despite their struggles in the T20 tournament this year. India won three of their five games in Group 2 but it was not enough to take the side through to the knockout stages, as they finished behind Pakistan and New Zealand.
Kohli stepped aside from the captaincy soon after the World Cup and now he will only be focusing on the Test captaincy, with Rohit made ODI skipper. The BCCI’s president Sourav Ganguly said the thinking behind the decision was to build some consistency in leadership and have one player as captain of the two white-ball teams. With a T20 World Cup in 2022 and the ODI World Cup in 2023, it’s a big decision the BCCI have taken, and now the responsibility falls on Rohit’s shoulders to lead the two sides into the major tournaments.
What Now For Kohli?
Speaking to the press, Ganguly revealed the BCCI had requested Kohli not step down from the captaincy after the disappointment of the World Cup this year. However, the 33-year-old batsman had made up his mind and decided he no longer wanted to continue in the role with the T20 side. Now without the ODI captaincy, Kohli can work on bringing further success to the Indian Test team over the coming years.
Kohli has been an instrumental leader for the Test side and has been a key figure in helping the team to their current top spot in the world rankings. Clearly things did not go according to plan at the T20 World Cup this year, with a side that had players who many expected to at least reach the final. Kohli has not been afraid to make big decisions over his career and now being able to focus on the Test captaincy could work out for all concerned.
Kohli is still expected to play a big role as one of the squad in the shorter formats of the game, and the next couple of years will show whether the BCCI did indeed make the right