Earlier a report on the Times of India suggested that Virat Kohli would be replaced by Rohit Sharma as captain of Indian cricket team for the limited-overs format. However, later Arun Dhumal, the BCCI treasurer rubbished the claims.
What’s the News?
A Times of India report said that Kohli would step down from limited-overs captaincy after India’s T20 World Cup campaign. Rohit Sharma will be the next captain for India in the white-ball cricket. Speaking to The Times Of India, a source said, “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 source also added, “If he (Rohit) had to ever take over as white-ball captain, that time is now. And it’s going to be a win-win for the Indian team because the two senior cricketers are so well in tune with each other.” The source informed that both Indian cricketers are on the same page regarding this.
What BCCI Says?
The news did not take time to become viral as a lot of people already were advocating the issue. Virat Kohli form has been a major reason behind this along with the team’s performance under him in limited-overs. On the other hand, Rohit Sharma has a good record in the format as India captain and also as Mumbai Indians skipper. Therefore, the news was not shocking.
However, the BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal said these claims are not true. Dhumal insisted that Kohli would remain India’s captain in all formats. “This is all rubbish. Nothing (as) such is happening. This is all what you guys (media) are talking about. BCCI has not met or discussed anything on this issue (split captaincy),” Dhumal told IANS. “Virat will remain as the captain (of all formats).”