Rohit Sharma will now be the captain of the Indian ODI team after T20. Dainik Jagran had told only on November 2 that Virat’s ODI captaincy is also in danger. Not only this, we first wrote the news on September 9 that after poor performance in the T20 World Cup, BCCI can remove Virat from the captaincy of T20. This was discussed in the BCCI meeting in Mumbai. After the publication of this news, on 16 September, Virat himself announced to leave the captaincy of the T20 format after the World Cup.
BCCI has taken the decision: BCCI has taken the decision to make Rohit the ODI captain. Soon it will be officially announced. Virat had given up the captaincy of the T20 World Cup after getting a signal from the BCCI, but he was not ready to give up the captaincy of ODIs himself. For this reason the announcement of the Indian team going for South Africa was delayed. Neither Monday nor Tuesday the team could be announced for South Africa. A BCCI source said that the decision has been taken. Rohit will be the captain of the team in the three ODI series in South Africa.
A decision on this could be taken on Wednesday night or on Friday. The selectors have taken a decision on this and informed the BCCI. BCCI officials also agree that white ball cricket i.e. ODI and T20 should have the same captain.
An official said that there is a T20 in Australia in 2022 and an ODI World Cup in India in 2023. Now it cannot be done that there should be one captain in T20 and another captain in ODI. Our focus is to have a captain who can lead India to the ICC trophy in 2022 and 2023 as we have not won any ICC trophy after the 2013 Champions Trophy.
The Indian team has to play the first Test in Centurion, South Africa from 26 December. Virat will be the captain of India in the test series. The second Test will be played at Wanderers from January 3 to 7 and the third at Cape Town from February 11 to 15. The three ODIs will be played at Boland Park, Pearl and Cape Town on January 19, 21 and 23.
The BCCI official said that most of the people want only one captain in T20 and ODI because we believe that if we want to follow the principle of two captains, then there should be one white-ball captain and one red-ball captain. In the 2022 and 2023 World Cups, we cannot field a team under different captains. Virat was given enough time to win the ICC tournament and now Rohit should also give at least two World Cups. Keeping this in view, this decision has been taken.