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BCCI sacks Virat Kohli from captaincy; Rohit Sharma to take his place

The BCCI on Wednesday announced that Rohit Sharma will be the new ODI and T20I captain of the Indian cricket team. Rohit Sharma will  replace Virat Kohali, the present Captain of Indian cricket team.

Rohit Sharma will start his captaincy from the next cricket event which is going to start in January against South Africa and will carry forward his position in upcoming events as well.

Another key development was the removal of Ajinkya Rahane from Test vice-captaincy, a post that was also granted to Rohit Sharma.

Due to injury, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, spinner Axar Patel, and opener Shubman Gill are not included in the BCCI’s 18-man roster for the three Test series.

Hanuma Vihari has returned to the main squad, while Ishant Sharma has kept his spot despite his poor form.

There were several speculations made on Rohit Sharma’s captaincy much before  the BCCI decision came out. The BCCI through a tweet, yesterday, made the big news known to the world. Along with this the BCCI also announced the squad for next three test series which is going to start from 26th of December.

With these upcoming tournaments Virat Kohli’s captaincy will come to an end.

Kohli, on the other hand, does not appear to have been surprised by the decision, since the 33-year-old was apparently going to ‘leave both white-ball forms in order to focus more on his batting’.

According to the Times of India, Kohli was willing to step down as ODI skipper as well, and the BCCI selection committee made the decision after a long discussion with both him and Rohit on Wednesday.

According to the article, Virat has been trying to enhance his batsmanship after going over two years without scoring a century in international cricket. His ICC batting rankings have also slipped throughout this time. Kohli, knowing the type of person he is, has been eager to grow, and captaincy has been dragging him down in certain ways.

Rohit Sharma, who has proven his captaincy qualities in the Indian Premier League (IPL) while leading Mumbai Indians (MI), as well as the few opportunities he has had with the Indian squad as skipper, is eager to move on.

“He’s shown all the hallmarks of a cricketer who wants to grow across all forms,” the insider added of Rohit’s rise as a Test batsman.

According to the report, the BCCI chose to give Rohit vice-captaincy in the longest format after observing his commitment to improve as a Test cricketer.

He has 560 runs in 12 ODIs without a century in the last two years. During this time, his average is 46.66, which is significantly lower than his career average of 59.07. He scored 594 runs at 49.50 in 20 T20Is during the same time span, whereas he scored 599 runs at 26.04 in 13 Tests in the same two years. Shastri, on the other hand, justified his captain’s slackness, citing bubble tiredness as an excuse. “They (players) have spent 25 days at home in the last 24 months.” “It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live; if your name is Bradman and you live in a bubble, your average will fall because you are human,” he had stated.

Split captaincy and two power centers in the Indian cricket team have been scarcely dealt with. In Indian cricket, captaincy has always been a touchy subject. Whether it’s the Sourav Ganguly-Greg Chappell fiasco or MS Dhoni’s decision to step down as Test captain in the middle of the Australia tour, MS Dhoni has made a name for himself. It will be interesting to see how Rahul Dravid, the new head coach, handles this in the future. India has reached unparalleled heights in Tests under Kohli’s leadership, and he remains the long-form skipper for the time being. But, even there, Rohit has established himself as a key member of the leadership team.

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