Recently, an article grabbed many eyeballs within the cricketing circle. To cut it short, the article mentioned India adopting the split captaincy route that will begin with the shifting of white ball Captaincy from Virat Kohli to Rohit Sharma after the T20 World Cup later this year. However it was denied by the top BCCI officials but what if India actually has to resort to split captaincy one day.
The fate of split captaincy depends on the outcome of the coming T20 WC result. If the Indian team finally ends their ICC trophy drought, then it does not make sense for Virat to give away the white-ball captaincy.But things may be changed if the Virat and Co. lose this World Cup. There are many factors that may force selectors and officials to ponder about split captaincy.
Rise of Rohit Sharma’s batting in SENA countries is tremendous. Before the recent England Test series, lots of questions were asked about how Rohit will handle swinging conditions but the big-match player shut his critics’ mouth in style. Few fifties followed by a match-winning hundred, Rohit dominated the English soil. He was brilliant in Australia as well.
In the white-ball cricket, Rohit has proved himself enough over the years and the fans know why he is one of the world’s best batsmen. Whether we talk about his 3 double-hundreds in ODIs or 4 T20I centuries, Rohit has emerged as one of the biggest match-winners for India in recent times.
Second and the biggest factor is Virat Kohli’s form since November 2019. Someone like Virat Kohli has scored 70 International centuries and 5 IPL centuries. But the run-machine has not scored a single ton in 22 months. Although, he played a few vital knocks and scored good fifties as well. At the same time, his counterparts – Kane Williamson, Joe Root have done exceptionally good in this time.Virat is 33 now and can play till 38 easily with his fitness but dip in form is certainly building pressure on him as a captain also.
Last but not the least, Rohit – the Mumbai Indians’ captain. Virat is captain of RCB since 2013. He led his team to the 2016 final but did not succeed. He has failed as IPL skipper. On the other hand, Rohit has won 5 IPL titles in this period. He led at the International level and found success there as well.
Inarguably, Virat is the best Test captain India has ever produced. His records in the bilateral series speaks for himself. But in case India return empty-handed from UAE, selectors may need to look ahead of Virat – the white-ball skipper.