- Ganguly backed the decision claiming Rohit Sharma can lead the team to ICC trophies.
- Notably, Rohit captained India in Asia Cup a couple of years ago which India won.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has once again backed Rohit Sharma as Team India’s ODI skipper citing his five IPL trophies and leading the team to victory in Asia Cup, a couple of years ago. The transition was announced on December 8, via a tweet which raised lot of eyebrows. However, this is the second time when Ganguly backed the decision of the All Indian Senior Selection Committee claiming Rohit Sharma can lead the team to ICC trophies.
Reportedly, Ganguly has been quoted saying, “Rohit Sharma has had success while leading the team in ICC tournaments. He has five IPL trophies under his belt, led the team to series win in Asia Cup, that too in the absence of Virat Kohli. That’s why selectors have backed him, he has great quality to hold the team together and finish the big tournaments as the winning side.”
He captained India in Asia Cup a couple of years ago which India won as well, and India won without Kohli. To win a title without him spoke volumes of that team’s strength. So he has had success in big tournaments. He has a good team. So hopefully they can all turn it around,” added the BCCI president.
Ganguly also cited his captaincy days and said that, “I can feel what kind of immense pressure Kohli has been under while leading the team in all the three formats. I personally asked him not to step down from T20 captaincy but when he expressed his feelings, we together decided to have Sharma as skipper in both the formats of white ball.”
Ganguly also appreciated Kohli for his performances and how he has led the team to some of the historical bilateral wins. Meanwhile, Kohli will be leading the team in a three match Test series against South Africa, while Rohit Sharma will lead the team in a three match ODI series against Proteas, first time as full time skipper.