The India team is all set to tour South Africa from the 26th of December. Earlier, there were reports that the tour may get canceled due to the rising no. of Omicron cases in South Africa but the BCCI has confirmed the rescheduled tour where only Test and ODI series will be played. The T20s which were originally planned will be conducted later.
Ever since Virat Kohli stepped down from the T20 captaincy, there were rumors that he may be stripped of the captaincy from the ODI team. Now reports are coming in that the BCCI is keen to make Virat Kohli the captain of the ODI team.
The selection committee is likely to hold a meeting after the NZ test series, where the discussion will take place regarding the batting and bowling combination for the SA tour. However, there is also the likelihood of discussion regarding the ODI captaincy.
There have been speculations about Dravid wanting Rohit Sharma to captain in both the white formats. According to a report in a website, a BCCI senior source told PTI that Kohli may not remain as the captain but the decision to announce the new captain might get delayed as there is not much ODI cricket in the next year.
The BCCI source also believed that Rahane too is under the radar for his vice-captaincy post. According to the source, if the player is not an automatic choice for the playing eleven, then how can he remain a deputy? In the removal of Rahane as vice-captaincy, it is likely that Rohit Sharma will take over.
If we talk about the reasons why Virat Kohli may not remain captain, a major fact arises that the captain has not been able to perform or led India to a win in ICC knockout events. India lost to Pakistan in the 2017 CT final, lost to NZ in the 2019 WC semis, lost to NZ in the World Test Championship final, and was unable to make the semifinals of the 2021 T20 world cup.
As far as Rohit Sharma is concerned, he has not only been a part of the leadership group of Team India but has displayed his tactical decision-making skills by leading Mumbai Indians to five IPL titles surpassing even Dhoni who has led the Chennai Super Kings to 4 titles till now.
Dravid’s tenure started with the NZ tour however, his major challenge would be to make India the winner of an ICC event. The next T20 world cup will be held in Australia whereas the 50 over World Cup will be held in India in 2023.