Rohit Sharma: World Cup wasn’t Rohit’s but India needs its captain for at least 2 more years
While it may seem like the world has collapsed around Rohit Sharma, now is the time more than ever that the Indian cricket team needs him at the helm for at least two more years in more formats. long.
When Rahul Dravid’s captaincy ended in 2007, Dhoni was ready to replace the team and when Dhoni left, there was already a succession plan in the form of Virat Kohli. And Rohit was all set to take over the mantle from Chohli.
But in a team where the youngsters are years away from taking the leadership role, the selectors will have no choice but to continue with Rohit.
Listening to coach Rahul Dravid, you get an idea of the investment he had in his team and perhaps the reason why every ounce of emotion seemed to have been drained out of his system after Sunday’s debacle.
“He was an exceptional leader. Rohit led this team brilliantly. He gave so much of his time and energy in the dressing room to the boys. He was always available for any of our conversations, any for our meetings,” Dravid said after the match. ‘Captain Sharma’ has spoiled us for the past six weeks with his daredevil batting at the top, the way he has used his bowlers and for giving him humor from time to time during a tense campaign. And just like his effortless shots, Rohit never needed to be funny. He has that streak in him. And when you see him broken, a part of you breaks too.
“He’s put a lot of his personal time, energy into this campaign. And he wanted to lead by example. Right through the competition, it’s been amazing to do that. I can’t speak more respect him as a person and as a leader,” said Dr David.
Rohit is 36 plus and in 2027, he will be 40 when South Africa hosts the next World Cup. Perhaps the chance to win the 50-over World Cup is what Pat Cummins felt was the pinnacle of his sport.
But instead of quickly finding his place, the Indian cricket authorities should have Rohit ahead of the bunch for the next two years which would be very important for Indian cricket before he starts again hitting another transfer button.
Of course, at his age, Rohit will have to pick and choose the ODI bilateral series, especially the white-ball ones he wants to play.
In Test Cricket, he has been India’s best batsman across all conditions in the post-COVID-19 phase and the team needs him more than ever.
The new cycle of the World Test Championship (WTC) has just started and would end in 2025 along with the ICC Champions Trophy.
Indian cricket needs Rohit Sharma as a leader and mentor till then and this needs to be discussed.
The reason is that India has no captain ready for ODIs and Test matches.
For T20 Internationals, they have booked Hardik Pandya but for ODIs, one needs a different mindset and even though Hardik was named as a substitute during the World Cup, his fitness and workload would always be a problem .
However, there are two other options – KL Rahul and Jasprit Bumrah, who led India in a one-off Test series and a minor T20 series in Ireland.
But both Rahul and Bumrah were not like mature captains.
Rahul has been the captain of the IPL for a long time, leading Kings XI Pujab and Lucknow Super Ginats but is yet to win a title.
He also led India on the 2021-22 tour of South Africa but missed one Test and all three ODIs.
And here lies the problem. Captain Sharma has instilled a different playing philosophy in this team and to continue that he needs to be alert and lead the team in at least two formats.
The BCCI and the national selection committee need to give him time to stick his successor to the hot seat.
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