Former Indian selector Kiran More believes Rohit Sharma could soon captain the Indian team in the limited-overs format.
More feels split captaincy can work in India as it will take the load off Virat Kohli’s shoulders, as the current captain leads the team in all the three formats.
In fact, many cricket experts believe Rohit Sharma should be at least given the captaincy for the T20I format as he has an impeccable record. Rohit has led Mumbai Indians to five titles in the Indian Premier League and he is the most successful leader in the tournament.
Rohit knows how to get the best out of his players and he can be given the captaincy baton for the T20I version.
“I think the vision of the board drives these things. I believe Rohit Sharma will get a chance soon. Virat Kohli is a shrewd captain who played under MS Dhoni. How long he wants to captain the ODIs and T20s, he will also think. You will learn a lot more about these decisions after the England tour,” More told India TV.
More feels Virat Kohli can set a great example by giving the captaincy duties to Rohit Sharma in the limited overs format. The former Indian wicket-keeper also feels it won’t be easy for Virat Kohli to handle the captaincy pressure of all the three formats.
“It [Split captaincy] can work in India. What the senior players think about the Indian team’s future is very important. With Virat Kohli, captaining three teams isn’t that easy plus he has to perform as well. And I give him the credit for it because performing in every format while captaining and winning… but, I think there will be a time when Virat Kohli will say ‘Now it’s enough, let Rohit lead the side’,” said More.
“That will be very healthy actually. And this is a huge message for Indian cricket which will go on and on for generations. It’s about respect that if Rohit Sharma is doing good he should be given a chance. I think Virat Kohli will set a great precedent by doing this. The future will hinge on his decision – how much rest he wants, if he wants to captain the Test team or the ODI team. He’s a human too, his mind gets tired also,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli will be looking to win his maiden major tournament as an Indian captain when India face New Zealand in the WTC final at Southampton from June 18.