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BCCI mulling to replace Virat Kohli with Rohit Sharma as ODI captain, decision can be delayed: Reports

Chief selector Chetan Sharma along with Sunil Joshi and Abey Kuruvilla were in attendance at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to witness India's second Test match against New Zealand.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 6 December 2021 1:44 pm

Highlights
  • The decision will be taken ahead of India's South Africa tour.
  • Rohit once again looks likely to be named the vice-captain of the team.
  • India's tour of South Africa commencing later this month consists of three Tests and as many ODIs.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is mulling to replace Virat Kohli with Rohit Sharma as the captain of India’s One Day Internationals. While Virat has already stepped down as the skipper of the T20I side, ahead of India’s tour of South Africa, the Chetan Sharma-led selection panel will be meeting to decide what to do with Kohli’s ODI captaincy.

If Rohit is named the ODI captain, it will also mean that the team can have a separate white and red-ball captain moving forward but if Virat continues to lead the 50-overs side, then it could be a different challenge not only for the other support staff who work closely with the captain but also for the same set of players who will be considered for both T20Is and ODIs. |

Chetan Sharma along with Sunil Joshi and Abey Kuruvilla were in attendance at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to witness India’s second Test match against New Zealand and are likely to meet board President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah to discuss a few important points including Kohli’s leadership in the 50-over format.

Since ODI isn’t important this year, the decision can be delayed: BCCI official

“As of now, it looks difficult that Virat would be able to keep his ODI captaincy but since ODI isn’t important this year with very few matches here and there, one can think of delaying the decision,” a senior BCCI official told The Indian Express.

“But the counter-argument is that why do you want to have separate ideas for two formats and if majority of people in charge of making decision feel that Rohit is the man going forward and will get time to prepare a team for 2023 event,” he added.

Meanwhile, the source also spoke about Ajinkya Rahane’s form and confirmed that he was likely to be dropped from the Playing XI in the second Test match. It was conveyed that when Rahane is no longer a permanent member of the Test team, he cannot be the deputy and if he is removed, Rohit once again looks likely to be named the vice-captain of the team.

Notably, India’s tour of South Africa commencing later this month consists of three Tests and as many ODIs.

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