Former Indian Cricketer Gautam Gambhir strongly believes that Rohit Sharma should lead Indian Cricket team in all formats. He said Virat Kohli left the Indian Test team in good health but I can’t say the same about white ball cricket.
Rohit Sharma took over Captaincy of Twenty20 from Virat Kohli after India’s world cup exit. He also replaced Kohli as a Captain in 50 over format.
KL Rahul lead the team in second South Africa test after Virat Kohli got injured and left the series. Rahul also led Indian Cricket Team in the three one-day matches in South Africa after Rohit failed to recover from an injury.
Gautam Gambhir writes a column in Times of India and in his piece he said, “In my book Rohit Sharma should lead India across all formats with Rahul as his deputy. One captain across formats will ensure consistency in style and approach of the Indian team especially considering that we have another T20 World Cup later this year.”
Last week Virat Kohli stepped down as Captain after 1-2 series loss in South Africa. Virat Kohli has led Indian Cricket Team in 68 Tests out of which India has seen 40 wins and 17 losses. This makes Kohli most successful Test Captain of India.
Gambhir added, “Between the last Test and ODI series, the news space has been hogged by Virat resigning from Test captaincy. I think it is an individual’s call and that is how it should be treated. I think Virat left the Indian Test team in good health but I can’t say the same about white ball cricket. Our bowling resources in Test matches are a neighbour’s envy and owner’s pride. They have showed time and again that they are the engine room for a team’s performance. In limited overs cricket, I’d have linked to see a more settled middle-order, which Virat could not create.”
It is sad sight where veteran cricketers are putting Virat Kohli to such a strong scrutiny. It hampers the spirit of the game and breaks the confidence of the Indian cricket fans on their team. It is true that change is important but it is also equally salient to convey a sweet good-bye to a player who has time and time proved his dedication towards his game. Only time will tell whether BCCI will approve ‘One Captain In All Format’ or will there be a mix.