'Aakhir woh din aa hi gaya' - Twitterati react after reports of Rohit Sharma replacing Virat Kohli as India’s white-ball captain surface

‘Aakhir woh din aa hi gaya’ – Twitterati react after reports of Rohit Sharma replacing Virat Kohli as India’s white-ball captain surface

Kohli has been leading India's ODI and T20I teams after taking over from MS Dhoni in January 2017.

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: BCCI)

If reports are to be believed, Rohit Sharma is set to replace Virat Kohli as India’s ODI and T20I skipper after the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Kohli took over the mantle from MS Dhoni at the start of 2017 in the bilateral series against England. It’s been more than four and half years since the 32-year-old has shouldered India’s limited-overs teams.

Although he has won plenty of bilateral series, an ICC trophy has eluded him. Back in 2019, Virat captained India to the semi-final of the World Cup where they lost to New Zealand at the Old Trafford in Manchester. Back in December 2014, Kohli has been leading India full-time after MS Dhoni retired from Test cricket following the Melbourne Test against Australia.

The T20 World Cup is set to get underway a few days after the completion of the 2021 Indian Premier League. The qualifiers will take place following which the main draw gets underway. In the meantime, as per reports, it’s learned that Kohli wishes to put more focus on his batting. It’s been over two years since the Delhi-born Virat last notched a ton at the highest level.

Virat Kohli to make the announcement, reports

“Virat himself will make the announcement. He is of the view that he needs to concentrate on his batting and go back to becoming what he’s always been — the best batsman in the world,” a source was quoted as saying in The Times of India.

“We realise spin-masters will be at work, giving their own twists to these developments. That’s the reason BCCI is planning this well in advance. In the end, Virat and Rohit are on the same page,” the source added.

Meanwhile, the fans around the world, also put forth their opinions about the reports. The netizens are looking forward to seeing Rohit lead the Indian team. Since 2013, Rohit has guided Mumbai Indians to as many as five titles in the IPL. In Virat’s absence, Rohit has captained India a few times and tasted quite a bit of success.

Here’s how the netizens reacted to the piece of news