Mumbai – Virat Kohli has been removed from the captaincy of the Indian ODI cricket team and the National Selection Committee has nominated Rohit Sharma as the new captain till the 2023 ODI World Cup. In another significant development, Ajinkya Rahane has been dropped from the post of Test team co-captain. Rohit will be the co-captain in his place. That means now Rohit Sharma has become the T20 and ODI captain.
Now led by Rohit, Team India will claim the T20 World Cup next year and the ODI World Cup in 2023. The BCCI announced the Test squad for the tour of South Africa on Wednesday, December 8, and with that, the senior selection committee also approved the decision to have a separate captain in Tests and limited overs. India’s first ODI series under Rohit will be against South Africa, for which no squad has been announced yet.
Virat Kohli was made full captain in ODIs and T20s in 2017 after MS Dhoni stepped down as captain of Team India, while Rohit was given co-captaincy. Since then, under Kohli’s leadership, Team India has won the ODI series at home as well as abroad, where victories over South Africa, Australia and New Zealand have been crucial. However, Kohli’s captaincy failed to win the Indian team’s 2017 Champions Trophy and then the 2019 World Cup, after which he was demanded to be removed from the captaincy. Now the BCCI has decided to make this change with the 2023 World Cup in mind.
Kohli decided to relinquish his captaincy in this format after the T20 World Cup about three months ago. However, Kohli said in a statement that he was making the decision to focus more on captaining the team in Tests and ODIs. Team India was eliminated from the group stage of the T20 World Cup. Then Rohit Sharma was appointed as the T20 captain. Now the BCCI has decided to make Rohit the captain by pushing Kohli’s hopes and aspirations.
Great era –
Under Virat’s leadership, India have played 95 ODIs, of which the team has won 65 and lost 27 of them. 1 match was tied and 2 matches did not result. As such, Kohli had a record of 68 per cent success under his captaincy. At the same time, India have played 10 ODIs under Rohit’s captaincy, of which 8 have been won and 2 have been lost.