The Rohit Sharma Dilemma: Why India Want Hitman As Captain For two Extra Years

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By Calvin S. Nelson

Rohit Sharma will need to have felt very lonely as he walked up the lengthy staircase of the Motera Stadium whereas shaking arms with whoever got here in his means on the catastrophic Sunday evening. A World Cup closing defeat like this may need felt like a stab within the chest. He wanted to shortly depart that area. Whereas it might seem that the world has collapsed round Rohit Sharma, now could be the time greater than ever that the Indian cricket staff wants him on the helm for a minimum of two extra years in longer codecs.

When Rahul Dravid’s captaincy stint led to 2007, Dhoni was a prepared substitute within the staff and when Dhoni departed, there was already a succession plan in type of Virat Kohli. And Rohit was able to take the mantle from Kohli.

However in a staff the place the children are years away from taking the management function, the selectors could have no alternative however to proceed with Rohit.

Listening to teach Rahul Dravid, you get an thought how invested he was in his staff and maybe the rationale, each ounce of emotion appeared to have been sucked out of his system after Sunday’s debacle.

“He is been an distinctive chief. Rohit’s actually led this staff fantastically. He is given a lot of his time and vitality within the dressing room to the boys. He is at all times been accessible for any of our conversations, any of our conferences,” Dravid mentioned after the match.

‘Captain Sharma’ spoilt us within the final six weeks along with his daredevil batting at prime, the best way he used his bowlers and for bringing a splash of humour from time to time throughout a tense marketing campaign. And identical to his easy pull-shots, Rohit by no means needed to strive being humorous. He has that streak in him.

And whenever you see him damaged, someplace part of you additionally break.

“He is given plenty of his private time, vitality into this marketing campaign. And he wished to steer by instance. Proper by way of the match, he was fairly very good in doing that. I simply can’t converse extra extremely of him as an individual and as a frontrunner,” Dravid added.

Rohit is 36 plus and in 2027, he might be 40 when South Africa host the following World Cup. Maybe the prospect of successful a 50-over World Cup, which his reverse Pat Cumins termed as the top of sport has handed by him.

However as a substitute of discovering a fast substitute of him, the Indian cricket authorities ought to have Rohit main the bunch for the following two years which might be essential for Indian cricket earlier than it as soon as once more begins hitting one other transition button.

Clearly, at his age, Rohit must decide and select the bilateral ODI collection, particularly the white-ball ones that he needs to play.

In Check cricket, he has been India’s greatest batter throughout all circumstances within the publish COVID-19 section and the staff wants him greater than ever.

The brand new World Check Championship (WTC) cycle has simply began and it could finish in 2025 together with ICC Champions Trophy.

Indian cricket truly wants Rohit Sharma as its chief and mentor until that point and this must be non-negotiable.

The reason is India doesn’t have any readymade captain for ODIs and Check matches.

For T20 Internationals, they’ve earmarked Hardik Pandya however for ODIs, one wants a special mindset and regardless that Hardik was designated deputy in the course of the World Cup, his health and workload would at all times be a difficulty. There are two extra selections although – KL Rahul and Jasprit Bumrah, who did lead India in a one-off Check collection and a mini T20 collection in Eire.

However each Rahul and Bumrah have not precisely regarded like mature captains.

Rahul has been an IPL captain for lengthy, main Kings XI Pujab and Lucknow Tremendous Ginats however is but to win a title.

He additionally led India on the 2021-22 tour of South Africa however misplaced one Check and all three ODIs.

And herein lies the issue. ‘Captain Sharma’ has imbibed a special taking part in philosophy on this staff and for that to proceed, he must be in greatest way of thinking and lead the staff in a minimum of two codecs.

The BCCI and nationwide choice committee wants to provide him time to groom his inheritor to the new seat.

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