The All India Senior Selection Committee has appointed star batsman Rohit Sharma as India’s new captain in the one-dayers’ in place of Virat Kohli. Rohit, who recently assumed charge in the T20Is after the T20 World Cup is also the vice-captain of the Test team.
Meanwhile, the decision to appoint a uniform captain in the white-ball format was going around for quite some time. The selectors headed by former cricketer Chetan Sharma validated the rumours on Wednesday. However, the decision comes as a surprise as Virat Kohli had expressed his desire to captain the side until the 2023 ODI World Cup.
“The All-India Senior Selection Committee also decided to name Mr Rohit Sharma as the Captain of the ODI & T20I teams going forward,” the BCCI said in a statement after announcing India’s Test squad for the South Africa tour.
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 8, 2021
Since taking over the baton from MS Dhoni in 2017, Virat Kohli has led India in 95 ODIs, winning 65 of them with a win percentage of 68. Although he has not led India to any ICC title, Kohli took Indian cricket to greater heights and Rohit Sharma will have his task cut out.
Rohit’s first ODI assignment will be the three One-Day Internationals, the first two in Paarl on January 19 and 21 and the third at Newlands on January 23. He has led India in the 50-overs format in the absence of Virat Kohli on 10 occasions and winning eight of those.
Meanwhile, the selectors, who revealed that Test squad on Wednesday, are yet to announce the ODI squad and is expected to pick the team in a couple of day’s time.