Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag feels Rohit Sharma can be relieved from captaincy duties in the shortest format of the game given his age as it will help reduce mental fatigue. Rohit has risen to the top in the last year and is currently India’s all-format captain after Virat Kohli decided to relinquish leadership duties from the T20Is after the T20 World Cup last year and Tests earlier this year.
While Rohit is the official captain across all three formats due to injuries and a hectic schedule, The Men in Blue have had five different captains in 2022. Apart from Rohit and Virat, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, and most recently Hardik Pandya have captained the team.
With India’s schedule not looking likely to ease up anytime soon, concerns have emerged about whether it’s feasible for Rohit Sharma to lead across all formats. Amid all these, Virender Sehwag has suggested that Rohit should be relieved from T20I captaincy to ease up pressure.
“If the Indian team management has someone else in mind as captain in the T20 format, then I think, Rohit (Sharma) could be relieved and the following can be taken into consideration going forward,” said Sehwag to PTI.
Rohit Sharma is the best man for it – Virender Sehwag
However, Sehwag reaffirmed his belief that if selectors want to pursue one captain across all three formats, Rohit Sharma is the best option. The former opener added:
“If the Indian think-tank still wants to pursue the same policy, which is, to let one man leading India in all the three formats, then I still believe Rohit Sharma is the best man for it.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma recently tested positive for COVID-19 and is doubtful for the rescheduled fifth Test against England, scheduled to commence on July 1 at Edgbaston in Birmingham. The BCCI has called in Mayank Agarwal as a cover-up for Rohit. India currently lead the series 2-1 and are on the brink of winning a Test series in England for the first time since 2007.