Rohit Sharma to play T20I no more? BCCI trying to convince captain to lead Team India in shortest format
If Sharma still shows his reluctance to play the shortest format, the management can hand over the responsibility to Suryakumar Yadav for the South Africa series.
Rohit Sharma (Image via ESPNcricinfo)
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is trying to convince Rohit Sharma to lead Team India in T20Is if recent reports are to be believed. As per other reports, Sharma has shown his reluctance to play more T20Is. He is yet to play the shortest format after India’s semi-final exit in last year’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
On Thursday, BCCI secretary Jay Shah and chief selector Ajit Agarkar along with other officials will have a meeting to discuss the squad for the South Africa series. As per a report by the Times of India, BCCI will be happy to see Sharma leading the T20I team again given the way he led India in the recently-concluded 2023 ODI World Cup.
If Sharma still shows his reluctance to play the shortest format, the management can hand over the responsibility to Suryakumar Yadav for the South Africa series. India vice-captain Hardik Pandya is currently recuperating from the ligament tear on his ankle which he picked up during the recently-concluded 2023 ODI World Cup match against Bangladesh.
Yes, there remains a question of what happens when Hardik comes back but at the BCCI, they feel that if Rohit agrees to lead in T20Is, he will lead in the T20 World Cup. If Rohit doesn't agree, then Surya will continue as captain for T20Is in South Africa.A BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
Virat Kohli, meanwhile, has sought a break from white-ball cricket and will play in the two-match Test series against South Africa. The Test series is scheduled to start on December 26.
Gautam Gambhir opines Rohit Sharma shouldn’t have said India wanted to win the World Cup because of Rahul Dravid
Rohit Sharma stated before the World Cup final that the entire team wanted to win the trophy for coach Rahul Dravid because of the way he stood by the players in difficult times, and how he wanted to be part of the big occasion. However, his comment was not liked by Gautam Gambhir.
Gambhir, who doesn’t usually mince his words, told Sportskeeda that Sharma shouldn’t have said that he wanted to win the World Cup for Dravid. The 2011 World Cup winner wanted Dravid to continue as head coach, but that Sharma should win for Dravid he couldn’t understand.
Gambhir said every player should win the World Cup for the country and not just for a single individual. He cited his example, that he wanted to win the cup for the country, though several players wanted to win for Sachin Tendulkar.
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