Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s announcement to retire from T20 after the 20-over World Cup surprised cricket analysts and fans and one reported key reason for the decision is: Rohit Sharma
Speculations of a rift between Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been floating around for a while despite the fact that the top brass has always insisted on the fact that both the superstars of Indian cricket are on the same page.
Moreover, Kohli has acknowledged Rohit as part of the leadership group as well in his note on captaincy yesterday, yet that has not convinced many regarding the power struggle in the Indian cricket setup.
As per a report in PTI, Kohli had recently gone to the selection committee with a proposal to remove Rohit Sharma as the vice-captain of the ODI team as he is 34.
Kohli, himself 32, argued that KL Rahul should be looked at for that position keeping in mind the long-term prospect and have Delhi Capitals’ skipper Rishabh Pant as his deputy in T20.
While the report does not name anyone specific but quotes a board official stating, “This didn’t go down well with the Board which believes that Kohli doesn’t want an actual successor”.
The report does not further elaborate on this sensational claim.
The report further adds, “Virat knew that he would have been removed from white ball captaincy. If the team doesn’t do well at the UAE World T20, he was gone for good as far as white-ball leadership is concerned,” a BCCI insider, in the know of things, told PTI.
“He just reduced a bit of pressure on himself as it would seem that he is there on his own terms. It might not happen for 50 overs if the performance in T20 hits a downward spiral,” he said. So, if the BCCI decides on relieving Kohli from the 50-over captaincy as well in near future, one shouldn’t be surprised as this is Indian cricket and fortunes change faster than what anyone can keep up with.