Don’t think Indian cricket will gain anything by retaining Rohit Sharma as T20I captain: Former Indian cricketer
Former cricketer Atul Wasan has suggested that Rohit Sharma’s tenure as India’s T20I captain is over and the BCCI should make the call looking forward to the 2022 T20 Globalism Glass. Rohit’s captaincy came under the scanner in the recently concluded T20 WC where they suffered a crushing 10-wicket defeat by England in the semi-final to lose the ICC Trophy again.
He made some controversial choices during the tournament regarding team selections and bowling changes. India He preferred Dinesh Karthik to Rishabh Pant in the preliminary matches while being the second highest wicket taker in T20Is – Yuzvendra Chahal not even getting a chance to play a single match in the tournament.
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Wasan was very critical of Rohit’s captaincy and said India would not get any return if he continued as T20I captain and picked their two options who could take over in the shortest format.
“Yeah, I feel it (Rohit’s time as T20 captain for India is over). You always scheme between two World Cups and I don’t think Indian cricket will gain anything by keeping him as captain. We will not get any return for such investment. You have two options before you – Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant. I’m still beside myself, I can’t believe what happened. I felt as if India fought in Adelaide and England in Sharjah.”
Rohit took over the leadership responsibility from Virat Kohli Last year after India’s disaster in the 2021 T20 WC. India started to adopt the gritty fighting style under him in the bilateral series but it was completely missing in the recently concluded ICC mega event.
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He also had a disappointing tournament with the bat scoring just 116 runs in 5 matches as a faltering opener failed to give India a solid start except for the Netherlands match.
Wasn made a bold claim that all the decisions during the T20 WC were taken by the team management as Rohit decided to hide in the field.
“We can see two levels of cricketers. At least something had to happen. You can’t even find fault. I feel you can’t blame the captain. After all, it was the team management that made all the decisions. Rohit didn’t receive Sharma one call.” He just decided where to hide in the field.”
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