Rohit Sharma to take over India’s T20I captaincy from Virat Kohli after T20 World Cup: Report

There have been speculations along the same lines ever since Virat Kohli announced his decision to step down as the T20I captain after the World Cup.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 20 October 2021 2:28 pm

While there were only speculations regarding Rohit Sharma's appointment as the T20I captain ever since Virat Kohli announced his decision to step down from the leadership role, it is now reportedly been confirmed that the Hitman would succeed Kohli as the captain of India in T20Is. It is being reported citing BCCI sources that the official announcement will be made once Team India's campaign at the ongoing T20 World Cup comes to an end.

In a report carried by Inside Sport which cited a BCCI source, it was conveyed that Rohit's appointment was a no-brainer for the team since he was already part of the leadership group.

"It’s no secret who is going to take over. Rohit Sharma has been in the leadership group and will take over from Virat after T20 World Cup. An official announcement will be made after the World Cup," the BCCI source was quoted in the same report.

T20 WC 2021 was set to be a huge test for Kohli- the captain- anyways

Notably, while Kohli had announced his decision to vacate the position of the captain citing workload management, several reports have suggested that after his failure to lead India to a win in ICC tournaments, the T20 World Cup was anyways going to be a huge test for him.

In a way, the 32-year-old has already relieved himself of the pressure by announcing the decision beforehand, so in case things do go wrong in the tournament, he is no longer the captain of the ship. Moreover, many reports emerging from various sources have suggested that not everyone in the team was happy with Kohli's style of leadership and many longed for a calm and composed captain like MS Dhoni.

India eyeing second T20 WC title

This was another reason which made Rohit's appointment all the more an easy decision for the board. Not only has Rohit proved himself as a leader time and time again but he has a certain sense of calmness around him, a bit like MS Dhoni.

For now though, all three of them- Virat, Rohit as captain and vice-captain and Dhoni as the team mentor would have only one mission on their mind- that of helping India lift their second T20 World Cup title.