‘I don’t think that is required to be even discussed now’ – Sourav Ganguly not in favour of split captaincy
Currently, Virat Kohli is leading Team India across all the formats.
Updated - Nov 4, 2019 1:48 pm
After the conclusion of World Cup 2019 on a bad note for Men in Blue, there have been strong discussions going on between the former Indian cricketers that Team India should opt for a split captaincy model. And, now Sourav Ganguly, the newly appointed BCCI President has given his take on it.
The current international cricket deals with three formats and according to the split captaincy model, different skippers can be assigned in order to lead the teams of the respective cricket formats. The current England side has Joe Root as the captain in Tests whereas Eoin Morgan dons captaincy in ODIs and T20Is. Even Australia also follows the same policy with Aaron Finch being given the responsibility in ODIs and T20Is while Tim Paine leads in Tests.
Sourav Ganguly not in favour of split captaincy
In an interview given to Hindustan Times, the BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly said that there are different opinions coming from every individual on assigning different skippers for different formats. He also accepted that Rohit Sharma holds the experience of leading Mumbai Indians in IPL and also the national side in the absence of the regular skipper Virat Kohli. But, that doesn’t mean they can go for a split captaincy and he looked pretty confident in his approach to go with the same captain across all the formats for Team India.
“It has often been wondered whether Rohit Sharma’s experience of leading the Mumbai Indians in the IPL and also the national side in the absence of Kohli is enough for him to be made the white-ball captain. I don’t think that is required to be even discussed now,” Ganguly said in his interview.
Statistically, Rohit holds a better winning percentage as a skipper than Kohli in T20Is. But, it is confirmed that the 30-year-old from Delhi will be seen taking the charge of the team in the upcoming T20 World Cup which is scheduled to take place in Australia next year.
The Indian team is currently involved in a T20I banter against Bangladesh and are without the services of Virat, who has been rested by the selectors for this series. The Rohit led-side have already lost the first T20I and are lagging by 1-0 in the three-match series. The next match will be played at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on 7th of November.