Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly

Reason for Choosing Rohit Sharma as ODI Captain: Controversies start to spark right after Rohit Sharma was named as India’s full-time white-ball skipper replacing Virat Kohli.

Post the unsuccessful T20 World Cup 2021 campaign Virat Kohli has stepped down from the T20I captaincy role. Notably, Virat announces that he will not lead RCB in IPL 2022 when the UAE leg of IPL 2021 kickstarted.

In this situation, BCCI announced Rohit Sharma as the ODI skipper for the upcoming South Africa tour.

Reason for Choosing Rohit Sharma as ODI Captain

Though BCCI President Sourav Ganguly explains the exact reason for Rohit Sharma’s appointment as ODI skipper, many fans believe that BCCI should considered Virat’s captaincy records before taking the decision of changing the ODI captaincy role.

India ODI Captain
Rohit Sharma

Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma expressed his displeasure over BCCI’s decision of stripping Virat Kohli from the ODI captaincy role.

In another interview, Sourav Ganguly revealed the reasons behind opting for Rohit Sharma in the leadership role. The BCCI President – a former Indian captain himself – said that Rohit has excellent credentials as captain in the limited-overs formats.

“Of course. That’s why the selectors have backed him (on whether he is hopeful of Rohit leading the squad successfully). He will find a way to do well and I hope he does,” Ganguly told News18.

“His record for IPL (Mumbai Indians) is phenomenal… winning five titles. 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,” the BCCI President said.

Mumbai Indians won the IPL 2020 trophy by beating Delhi Capitals
Mumbai Indians won the IPL 2020 trophy

Rohit Sharma Backs Virat Kohli

Indian white-ball skipper Rohit Sharma said that he couldn’t yet reach out to Kohli when he tries to call Virat Kohli.

“I haven’t talked to him (Kohli) yet. His phone is switched off for some reason. But as far as my opinion is concerned, he had specifically stepped down from T20 captaincy and the selectors should’ve straightaway asked him to step down from both the white-ball formats or not step down at all.”

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma