India’s super duo of Captain Virat Kohli and his vice Rohit Sharma has been credited for pushing the team towards victory in most of the matches of World Cup 2019. However, as India exited from the tournament, after losing what many Indian fans considered an easy match, BCCI is looking into making some big changes with regards to the team’s leadership.
“Good teams start preparations immediately after one campaign ends and the biggest result of that is England winning the World Cup on Sunday. So, keeping an eye on the next campaign, India too could look at the option of having Rohit lead the team in the shorter format while Kohli continues in Tests,” said a representative of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) while talking to an Indian media outlet.
“This would be the right time for Rohit to take over the mantle of the captaincy in the 50-over format. There has been immense support to the present captain and the management and it is time to plan ahead for the next World Cup and for that the existing ideas and plans need a fresh look. We all know some areas need a relook. Rohit would be the right man for the job,” added the BCCI personnel.
The preposition of split captaincy also came on the back of rumors about a rift between Kohli and Rohit after India’s defeat at the hand of New Zealand. It is speculated that amid the team’s brilliance in the World Cup and humiliation as they exited, two camps have formed within the team supporting either Kohli or his deputy.
“That [rift] could be detrimental for Indian cricket as the team looks to move forward and the matter is set to be discussed when the review meeting takes place with coach Ravi Shastri, captain Kohli and chief selector MSK Prasad in the presence of the Committee of Administrators (CoA),” informed the BCCI member.