3 reasons why Rohit Sharma should soon take over ODI captaincy from Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli himself will have to think about his position as the team captain after the whitewash against New Zealand.
by Vinay Author
Published - Feb 11, 2020 4:25 pm | Updated - Feb 11, 2020 4:27 pm
After recording a historic 5-0 win in the T20I series, no one would have expected Team India to be whitewashed by New Zealand in the succeeding ODI series. The Kiwis pulled off their highest successful run chase in the series opener before they successfully defended a score of 273 runs and then, they chased down 297 runs in the final ODI to complete a clean sweep.
Talking about the individual performances of the Indian players, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah disappointed the most as the former could not play a single match-winning knock while the latter failed to take a single wicket in the series. Also, there were several tactical errors that the Indian captain committed and this once again has raised a question over Virat Kohli’s captaincy skills.
His deputy, Rohit Sharma is billed to be a better skipper than Kohli and here are 3 reasons why he should soon take over the reins of the ODI team:
1. Next World Cup is still 3 years away
The reason why now is the right time to crown Rohit Sharma as the new captain is that the next ICC World Cup is still 3 years away. Virat has struggled to lead the team in pressure situations and the same was visible in the 2017 Champions Trophy final as well as the 2019 World Cup semi-final.
Rohit, on the other hand, knows how to keep calm in such situations as he has led India to the Hero Nidahas Trophy title and the Asia Cup. The IPL records of both the players further clears the picture as to who is the better captain.
While Royal Challengers Bangalore struggle to make it to the playoffs, Mumbai Indians have won the title four times. Although both the sides have top quality players, the captaincy decisions lead them to different positions. Giving Rohit three years time will be adequate before expecting India to win the World Cup.