BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal downplayed reports suggesting that Virat Kohli would step down as a skipper following the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The Times of India reported recently that Kohli would step down as white-ball captain and Rohit Sharma would lead the team in ODIs and T20Is if India fails to win the ICC T20 World Cup in October or November.
However, BCCI treasurer dismissed such claims, quoting the IANS, he said, “This is all rubbish. Nothing (as) such is happening. This is all that you guys (media) are talking about. BCCI has not met or discussed anything on this issue (split captaincy). Virat will remain as the captain (of all formats).”
Virat Kohli’s failure to steer the team to victory in the knockout stages of the marquee ICC events despite having some of the world’s best bowlers and batsmen may mean Rohit Sharma will have to step up to lead the side in limited-overs cricket.
Since India’s loss to New Zealand in the World Test Championship final in England, where they were unhappy with Virt Kohli’s selection, BCCI top officials have discussed the issue. Kohli played a couple of spinners during the WTC final in overcast conditions that were seamer-friendly.
“No such meeting took place,” the BCCI treasurer confirms. In 95 One-Day Internationals, Virat Kohli has led India to 65 victories and 27 defeats, for a winning percentage of 70.43. Under his captaincy, India has won 27 T20Is and lost 14. In 10 ODIs, Rohit has led India to eight victories and two losses. He has captained them 19 times in T20Is, and they have won 15 and lost 4.