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Rohit Sharma should be India’s captain for next two T20 World Cups: Gavsakar

Rohit led India to victory in the Nidahas Trophy T20 tournament and Asia Cup in 2018, which was played in the ODI format.

By: PTI |
Updated: September 30, 2021 8:06:14 am
Even though the BCCI has not announced the new captain for the T20 team, Rohit is widely tipped to take over the reins (File)

Batting great Sunil Gavaskar wants swashbuckling opener Rohit Sharma to lead India in the next two World Cups in place of incumbent Virat Kohli, who will step down from the T20 leadership position after the showpiece next month.

Kohli had announced earlier this month that he will step down as the team’s skipper in the T20 format at the end of the upcoming World Cup in the UAE and Oman from October 17 to November 14.

Even though the BCCI has not announced the new captain for the T20 team, Rohit is widely tipped to take over the reins.

“I think (of) Rohit Sharma (as captain) for the next two World Cups,” Gavaskar said on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’.

Rohit has been Kohli’s white-ball deputy since 2017.

Gavaskar added, “You could say they (World Cups) are back-to-back, one starting in a month and another exactly a year from now. So clearly, yes, you don’t want to change too many captains at this particular stage.

“Rohit Sharma would definitely be my choice for captaincy of the Indian team for both these T20 World Cups.”

Rohit led India to victory in the Nidahas Trophy T20 tournament and Asia Cup in 2018, which was played in the ODI format.

He is also the most successful captain in the history of IPL with five trophies to his name for the Mumbai Indians.

Speaking about the Indian T20 team’s vice-captaincy, the legendary Gavaskar feels Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul and Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant are the two best options for the post in the time to come.

“… And then, I’m looking at KL Rahul for vice-captain.

“I would also keep Rishabh Pant in mind because he has been really impressive in the way he has led a star-studded Delhi team and the bowling changes that he has been making in the T20 format, using Nortje and Rabada in such a clever manner that actually shows a street-smart captain.

“You always want a street-smart captain who can read situations and act immediately. So yes, Rahul and Pant are the two guys I would look at as vice-captains.”

Pant, who was named DC captain for the IPL 2021 season after regular skipper Shreyas Iyer was injured, has led his team to eight wins in 11 matches so far.

India were officially scheduled to host the upcoming edition of the World Cup, which will now be held in the UAE and Oman due to the COVID-19 situation in India.

The 2020 edition of the T20 World Cup in Australia, which was cancelled due to the global pandemic, is slated to be played next year.

India will then host the ICC ODI World Cup in 2023.

Rohit on Wednesday asserted that his side will do everything it can to repeat history by winning the T20 World Cup, beginning on October 17.

The shortest format’s showpiece, which India won for the first time in 2007 under Mahendra Singh Dhoni, is scheduled to get underway from October 17 in the UAE and Oman.

“This @icc #T20WorldCup each one of us is going to give everything to repeat history. We’re coming for it. India, let’s make it happen. I am #InItToWinIt,” said Rohit, who was part of the team that won the title in 2007 in South Africa, in an Instagram post.

Recalling the triumph in the tournament’s inaugural edition, the 34-year-old wrote: “Sep 24th, 2007, Johannesburg. The day when a billion dreams came true. Who would have thought back then that a relatively inexperienced, young team like ours would end up creating history!!

“It’s been 14 years since, we’ve come a long way, we’ve created many more histories, we’ve had our setbacks, we struggled, but it didn’t break our spirits. Because we never give up. We give it all!!!”

Currently leading the Mumbai Indians in the IPL, Rohit will be a key member of India’s formidable batting line-up along with skipper Virat Kohli.

Rohit has amassed 2,864 runs in 111 T20 Internationals at an average of 32.54 with the help of four hundreds and 22 fifties.

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