BCCI reappointed Rohit Sharma as the vice-captain of the Indian team for the final two Test matches against Australia. The third Test starts at the SCG from January 7. Meanwhile. Cheteshwar Pujara was appointed the vice-captain of the team for the second Test at the MCG. While Rohit has been a regular member of India’s limited-overs squad, he is yet to cement his place in the Indian Test squad. Despite Rohit’s lengthy absence from the Test team, the team management made the change and dropped Pujara, who was considered to be the front-runner for the job back in the 2014/15 season.
Meanwhile, a BCCI official clarified the reason behind the board’s decision to reappoint Rohit as the vice-captain of the side.
BCCI Clarifies Decision on Rohit Sharma
“There was never an iota of doubt about who will be India’s vice-captain once Virat takes a break and Ajinkya is elevated. It was always going to be Rohit and Pujara was just a stop-gap arrangement till the former joined the squad” said the BCCI official.
“Rohit has been India’s long-time white ball vice-captain, so it was only imperative that in Virat’s absence, he will be a part of the team’s leadership group,” he added.
Rohit Sharma was first named the vice-captain of the Indian side back in 2017 when Virat Kohli was just handed over the ODI and T20I captaincy from MS Dhoni.
He has led Team India to 8 wins from 10 ODIs. In 19 T20Is as captain, Rohit has led India to 15 wins. Under him, India won the Asia Cup and Nidahas Trophy in 2018. Rohit has also won five IPL titles as captain, the most by any team and player individually.
Rohit Sharma announced as the vice-captain of the side also means that he will be playing the final two Tests vs Australia. He will replace either Mayank Agarwal of Hanuma Vihari in the Indian XI for the last two Tests.