The BCCI has announced Rohit Sharma as the new ODI captain of the Indian team, replacing Virat Kohli. While it came as a shocker to many, a few believed this is a good move, considering Kohli’s inability to win a single ICC title so far. And, former India captain and ex-BCCI chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar feels this is the right decision.
“The BCCI has made the right move in making Rohit Sharma the India white-ball captain across ODIs and T20Is. Rohit has been doing well for quite some time now and he was waiting to get his captaincy turn. I feel it is a good move,” Vengsarkar told The Indian Express.
“Now, Virat Kohli can concentrate on Test cricket and Rohit can concentrate on white-ball cricket, in which he has done exceptionally well as a leader so far. He has won many titles for Mumbai Indians in the IPL and has also done well in whatever games he has been given as captain of the Indian team,” further added the former India batter.
“They can concentrate on their game better in other formats too”- Dilip Vengsarkar
However, with two captains in Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, Indian cricket will finally see the split captaincy. Australia has Aaron Finch and Pat Cummins, while England has Eoin Morgan and Joe Root as captains as well. And, Dilip Vengsarkar admits split captaincy can actually prove helpful for the team.
“I feel there will be no issue of having two power centers in the Indian dressing room. These are professional players after all and they will get on with the job at hand. The same will be the case for the youngsters, they will look to get their chance and grab it,” he again shared.
“As we see in England, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan are both doing well as Test and white-ball captains. So split captaincy can work for both Virat and Rohit as well. They will not be overburdened. It will ease the pressure on them as they won’t be under the spotlight all the time. They can concentrate on their game better in other formats too,” Dilip Vengsarkar concluded.