NEW DELHI: In the coming months, India will see significant changes as Virat Kohli (32), captain of the Indian cricket team is expected to relinquish the captaincy in limited-overs cricket after the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021, which is set to conclude in November.
According to reports, Rohit Sharma (34) may handle the responsibility of Virat Kohli in the white-ball cricket (both ODI and T20) post-T20 World Cup.
Kohli who is the current leader for team India in all three formats and has established himself as one of the greats is all set to relinquish the captaincy to concentrate on test dominance and his batting.
Kohli has had extensive discussions with Rohit and the Indian team management about his decision to step down as captain of the limited-overs team, and he is expected to make the announcement himself in the coming months.
According to reports, Virat himself will make the announcement.
He believes that he needs to focus on his batting and return to being what he has always been — the best batsman in the world.
Kohli has led India in 95 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), with 65 wins and 27 losses for a winning percentage of 70.43. In 45 T20Is where he has been captain, India has won 27 times and lost 14 times.
On the other hand, Rohit has led India 10 times in ODIs and led them to victories on eight occasions while losing twice.
In T20Is, he has captained them 19 times of which they have won 15 and lost four.
Kohli has been under scrutiny since taking over the white ball captaincy from Dhoni in 2017, with his main criticism being that Kohli’s India has yet to win a major ICC trophy.
With a loss in the ICC Champions Trophy finals in 2017 and a recent loss to New Zealand in the World Test Championship, Kohli’s leadership credentials have always been called into question.
If Rohit takes over as white-ball captain, Virat can continue to lead India’s red-ball ambitions while also working on his T20 and one-day batting.
He is only 32, and given his fitness, he will easily be able to play top cricket for another five to six years at the very least, according to sources quoted in the report.
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