New Delhi. Former captain of the Indian cricket team, Mohammad Azharuddin, issued his statement on the handing over of the command of the team to Hitman Rohit Sharma, taking back the captaincy from the former captain of the white ball cricket team, Virat Kohli. Huh.
Mohammad Azharuddin congratulated Hitman Rohit Sharma on being made the captain of the ODI team on the social media platform ‘KOO’. He wrote, “There are big hopes from India’s new ODI and T20 captain Rohit Sharma after Virat Kohli. And he has the true ability to lead the team just as he promised. Congratulations to the new captain.”
It is worth noting that as soon as the ICC T20 World Cup, 2021 ended, Rohit Sharma took over the command of India’s T20 team. And, last Wednesday, that is, just two days ago, he was also made the captain of India’s ODI team. This month, the Indian team is going to travel for a bilateral series on the tour of South Africa. There, in the ODI series against South Africa (India vs South Africa Series 2021-22), under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, former captain Virat Kohli will be seen playing in the field.
It is also worth noting that Ajinkya Rahane, the vice-captain of the Test team going through the phase of poor form, was also stripped of the post and Rohit Sharma has been made the vice-captain of the Test team. BCCI wrote in its official Twitter account last Wednesday, “The All India Senior Selection Committee has also decided to make Rohit Sharma the captain of the ODI and T20 International teams.” On the talk of replacing Virat Kohli with Rohit Sharma as the captain of the ODI team, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said that the selectors did not want two captains of the team of two formats of white ball cricket.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had told in his conversation with the press that this decision has been taken by the selectors and the board of the Indian team. The news later also broke that the BCCI had requested Virat Kohli not to give up the captaincy of the T20I team, but Kohli did not agree. After which the selectors were not in favor of having two different captains for both the formats of the limited overs cricket team, ODI and T20 team.
That is why this decision was taken. Sourav Ganguly further said that after discussions it was decided that Virat Kohli (Virat Kohli Captain Indian Cricket Test Team) will take over the captaincy of the Test team and Rohit Sharma will lead the ODI and T20 teams. Sourav Ganguly said, “As the president of BCCI, I and the selectors themselves spoke to him.”
Sourav Ganguly said that we have full faith in Rohit Sharma as a captain. He will lead the team in the right direction. And that is what is expected of them.