In a huge development, there could be a change of leadership in the limited-overs set up as Rohit Sharma is likely to take over the ODI and T20I captaincy soon after the World T20I. Virat Kohli is likely to step down as a captain across formats after the T20I world cup in order to focus more on his batting and his Test captaincy.
There have been rumours of Rohit taking over the T20I captaincy at least following his good record as India’s stand-in captain and his outstanding record in IPL leading the Mumbai Indians to 5 IPL titles. However, this could become reality with the ODI captaincy also coming in, once the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup gets over in the UAE with Kohli now more keen to concentrate on his batting.
Kohli’s Test batting returns in the last two years has been disappointing. He has scored 563 runs in 21 innings at an average of 26.81 with no centuries .
Kohli has so far led India in 95 ODIs winning 65 games and losing 27 matches for a 70% winning ppercentage. In T20Is he won 27 matches and lost 14 out of 45 games.
Rohit in his brief record as the stand in captain has won the Nidahas Trophy (T20I) in Srilanka in 2018 followed by the Asia Cup (50 overs) in the same year .
As per the sources quoted in the homes of India: “Virat himself will make the announcement. He is of the view that he needs to concentrate on his batting and go back to becoming what he’s always been — the best batsman in the world,”
Thus if the events unfold as above, Rohit will be leading the Indian team in the T20I world cup in Australia next year and the ODI world cup in 2023.