The spilt-captaincy debate in Indian cricket has been in talks for some time now. Currently, Indian players are gearing up for the second phase of the IPL 2021 and then T20 World Cup. Skipper Virat Kohli will lead the team in the ICC event with Rohit Sharma being his deputy. However, after the mega event, there could be a twist of tales as spilt captaincy might take part in the Indian cricket team as well.
Time and time again things have happened in the Indian cricket team. Just when everyone got rid of the Test series against England and excitement for the IPL and T20 World Cup is building up, it is learned that current Indian skipper Virat Kohli will step down as a captain in white-ball format after the ICC event.
If the reports are to be believed then Virat Kohli will lead the team only in Test cricket and Rohit Sharma, who has earlier led Team India in the absence of a regular skipper in shorter formats, will be full-time captain in the limited-overs format.
BCCI sources in interaction with TOI talked about the same saying that after the T20 World Cup, Virat Kohli will himself announce as he is first to realise that his captaincy across the formats is affecting his batting.
“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. Virat is also the first to realise that his overall responsibilities as captain across formats are taking a toll on his batting. He needs that space and freshness because he has a lot more to offer. If Rohit takes over as white-ball captain, Virat can continue leading India’s red-ball aspirations and work on his T20 and One-day batting. He’s just 32 and given his fitness, he will easily play top cricket for another five to six years at least,” BCCI source told TOI.
Notably, Virat Kohli has led Team India successfully in the white-ball format as in 95 ODIs he has taken his team to 65 wins along with 27 losses with an impressive win percentage of 70.43. In T20I format, the batting sensation has led India 45 times, winning 27 times and losing 14 games.
As per the reports, it is learned that both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are on the same page regarding the split captaincy and they along with management had several discussions in the past few months regarding the change in leadership in the limited-overs format.
Only time will tell if splitting the captaincy will be a good move or not but as now Rohit Sharma has a staggering record as a captain as in 10 ODI matches he has led India to 8 victories along with 15 wins in 19 T20I games. Under his captaincy, Team India also went on to win Nidhas Trophy and Asia Cup in 2018. On top of that he’s the most successful IPL skipper as he has led Mumbai Indians to record a five-time title victory.