The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday announced Rohit Sharma as the new captain of One Day International (ODI’s) of the Indian Senior Cricket team.
The senior men’s selection committee headed by Mr Chetan Sharma also announced an 18-man squad for the upcoming 3-match Test series against South Africa starting from 26th December 2021 which is part of the new cycle of the ICC World Test Championship.
The selectors also appointed Rohit Sharma as vice-captain for the tests replacing Ajinkya Rahane.
This came as a surprise to the fans as there was no earlier information or speculations, unlike the T20 captaincy change. Virat Kohli recently announced his departure as a captain for T20’s citing immense workload, also said in his statement that he will lead Team India in ODI and Tests.
Kohli is one the influential and greatest players of Indian Cricket, led the team in ODI’s from 2013-2021 winning 65 matches out of the 95 matches. He took over as India's full-time captain in 2017, has a winning percentage of 70.43. Kohli scored 5449 runs in 91 innings at an average of 72.65 as an ODI Captain. He has hit 21 hundreds and 27 fifties. He is the second captain who recorded most hundreds (21) only after Australia’s Rick Ponting (22). Virat also captained the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.
The right-handed batsman Rohit Sharma, known as Hitman, made his debut in 2007 for the Indian team in ODI’s and T20’s and 2013 for the Test team. Rohit has led Men in Blue for 10 ODIs from 2017-2019, out of which the team won eight. He also captains the Mumbai Indians in the IPL, which won the trophy five times to date.
With Kohli taking the backseat in ODI and T20’s, We will have to look out for Rohit, who’s in the limelight now.
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