Whilst naming Team India’s Test squad for the upcoming three-match Test series in South Africa, the BCCI, earlier this week posted, that Rohit Sharma will lead the team in ODIs, replacing Virat Kohli, who had already given up the T20I captaincy following the ending of the T20 World Cup last month.
Rohit will commence his role as India’s fulltime white-ball captain from the preceding three-match ODI series facing the South African squad in January 2022.
While the BCCI’s verdict to have two captains has received plethora of mixed reactions, former India opening batsman Gautam Gambhir feels that the Indian board made the required decision by opting for split captaincy, appending that Rohit will definitely do well as captain of the team in ODIs as well as T20Is.
“I think it’s good for Indian cricket that now we have got two captains, one in red-ball cricket and one in white-ball cricket, so Rohit will get enough time to groom white-ball teams — whether it is the T20 format or ODI format,” Gautam Gambhir stated.
“I feel Rohit Sharma as a leader will definitely do really well for Indian cricket. Plus, Indian cricket is in very safe hands, especially in white-ball cricket,” he appended.
Showcasing Rohit’s success as captain of the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians, having led the team to earn 5 titles, Gambhir said that the star opening batsman “must be doing something right as compared to others.”
“He has won five IPL titles. He must be doing something right as compared to other captains,” said the former Indian opener.”
He signed off by saying that “his calmness and sometimes his laidback attitude as well, keeping things very relaxed. At the same time, not pushing players too hard, and he himself is a very chilled out character, which actually helps the entire squad.”