Rohit Sharma set to be given both ODI & T20 Captaincy

Rohit Sharma is expected to lead the Indian cricket team in the three T20 Internationals against New Zealand, starting November 17, while Virat Kohli's future as ODI captain will be discussed in selection committee which is coming up next week.


Virat Kohli has already resigned from India’s T20 Captaincy and now in all likelihood his ODI captaincy is also set to be handed over to Rohit. The selection committee is also likely to name Rohit Sharma as both ODI & T20 Captaincy going forward.


However, some sources have indicated that top players like Rohit might just take a break from the test matches against New Zealand in Kanpur (November 25-29) and Mumbai (Dec 3-7).


The 50 Over World Cup is scheduled to take place in India in 2023 & next T20 World Cup in Australia in 2022. The BCCI feels to have a different set of captains for both doesn’t make any sense & is in favor of same captain for both ODI & T20 formats.


“3 Captains for 3 formats will create a lot of confusion. We want the flow of ideas & direction to be very smooth. We feel India should have the same ODI & T20 Captain & Rohit Sharma in the current scheme of things is the best choice. Selectors will take the final call in the next meeting. Whatever good is for the Indian cricket, the decision will be taken accordingly,” declared one of the top BCCI officials.


“It’s no secret who is going to take over. Rohit Sharma has been in the leadership group and will take over from Virat after T20 World Cup. An official announcement will be made after the World Cup,” another BCCI official had told.


India begin their three-match T20I series after the T20 World Cup, on November 17 against New Zealand in Jaipur. Their next ODI series will be against the West Indies, the opening match scheduled on February 6 in Ahmedabad.


The selectors will also speak to yet to be formally appointed new coach Rahul Dravid on the issue.


Dravid will be asked to join the team as interim coach for the series as the formalities for his formal appointment may still take some time. BCCI is yet to appoint the new Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) and once that is done then only the new coach and his support staff can be formally appointed.