It has been an eventful day for Indians. One was the untimely demise of Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defense Service and his wife along with 12 other defence personnel and the other was the removal of Virat Kohli from the ODI captaincy. Cricketing fans were speculating about discussions on ODI captaincy and test vice-captaincy, owever, it was a surprise development that BCCI announced the new ODI captain for the SA tour.
Now Salman Butt has given his verdict on the appointment of Rohit Sharma and according to him, it is a good decision. Salman while talking on his Youtube channel, said “It wasn’t a surprise for me. This was on the cards. It doesn’t make sense that he (Sharma) be the captain of only T20. It makes sense to have the white ball and red ball captains in order to share the workload.”
Butt commented further that “India plays mostly ODI and Test series. Virat Kohli’s performance will get better. Because he was very much overloaded. Considering the volume of cricket India plays and the eyeballs they have, the expectation from Kohli is huge. His fifty is not even considered substantial. I think it is a good decision to share the workload with Rohit Sharma.
Rohit Sharma has also been appointed as the vice-captain of the test format. Both Rahane’s and Pujara’s form has been a concern for the Indian middle order and a BCCI source told PTI that Rahane’s position as a player is not an automatic choice due to his recent form and therefore, he may be sacked as the vice-captain of the team.
Now with the new think tank and captain, India are eyeing their first ICC tournament in nine years. The next T20 World Cup will be played in Australia in 2022 whereas the 50 over World cup will return to India after 12 years.