After losing Asia Cup and T20 World Cup titles in 2022, Rohit Sharma will have his first big Test assignment as a captain when he will lead Team India in a four-match Test series against Australia, starting from February 9 in Nagpur. When Rohit succeeded Virat Kohli across formats as a skipper, many cricket experts backed his appointment and claimed that he is the right person to end India's ICC title drought citing his successful leadership in IPL.
While the team did well under his leadership in the bilateral, the bubble around Rohit Sharma’s prospect was soon busted as the Men in Blue suffered back-to-back shocking elimination from two major tournaments. Now India is inching closer to its second successive appearance at World Test Championship final, and stakes are once again high as Team India won its last ICC trophy back in 2013.
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In a fresh development, a source-based report published in InsideSport has claimed that if India faltered against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy or in WTC final, the team might see yet another transition in Test format. “Look, the message is pretty clear. We can’t afford to lose another ICC trophy. All those bilateral records will be of no use if we can’t win World Cups. We have lost three such tournaments in two years. Rohit also knows that and so does the entire team. Everyone is determined to win and end that title drought,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying.
The report further claimed that BCCI has not discussed anything yet with the captain or the team, but considering Rohit Sharma’s age, a new leader might be into consideration. “We haven’t had any discussion over captaincy change. But when one cycle comes to an end, the new one starts. Whether Rohit will stay on as the Test captain is a matter of discussion based on the results," the BCCI official added.