ICC WTC Final: Virat Kohli may hand over limited-overs captaincy to Rohit Sharma after England series, feels Kiran More – Former Chief Selector Kiran More recently gave his opinion on ‘Split-Captaincy’ and said that it can work well for Team India. More also hinted that Virat may hand over the captaincy of limited-over formats to Rohit after the England series.
“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.
“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,” he added.
The debate of splitting captaincy between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma is taking place for the last few years. Many cricket pundits feel that it’s unfair not to give Rohit the captaincy of T20I after a terrific record for Mumbai Indians in IPL while some feel it’s unnecessary at the movement as Virat is doing nothing wrong as T20I captain of India.
Kohli is one of India’s most successful captains in terms of match and series win percentage. However, he is yet to win a major world event for the country. Also, He has not led RCB to an IPL title. On the other hand, Rohit is one of the most successful captains in IPL with a record of five IPL titles under his belt.
More feels that Kohli’s might take the decision of splitting captaincy with Rohit after the WTC final in Southampton and the subsequent five-match marquee Test series against hosts England. If the results are in favour of India then Virat may decide to step down.
“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 if he does that. 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,” India TV quoted More as saying.
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