It is no surprise that Indian Cricket has witnessed major turnarounds in the last month. From the appointment of Rahul Dravid as head coach to the axing of Virat Kohli as ODI captain, the BCCI has taken some tough decisions. While BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly stated that the selectors were not willing to split the white-ball captaincy, there could be more reasons that triggered the event. The following points are our personal opinion and we highly believe them to be true.
Inability to win an ICC Trophy
While India has enjoyed a fair share of success in the bilateral and other ODI competitions around the world, the nation won an ICC event last in 2013, a long time back. India since then has lost the 2017 Champions Trophy final to Pakistan, 2019 WC semi-final against NewZealand, 2021 World Test Championship against NewZealand, and were out of the T20 World cup tournament after their first two matches. With the next T20 World cup lying around the corner and the next 50 over World Cup to be hosted in India in 2023, the selectors want to give maximum chance to Rohit Sharma in order to win an ICC event for India. Rohit Sharma too in his latest interview said that India will be eyeing all the ICC events for sure.
Drift in the team
There have been reports stating the difficulty of playing under Virat Kohli, plus, there were several occasions where the likes of Ravi Chandran Ashwin was not selected in the playing eleven despite favourable conditions in England. Ashwin was given the full opportunity when India won the test series against Australia in Australia under Rahane’s leadership. And he proved his selection not only with the bowl but also with the bat too. When India lost the World Test Championship, Kohli stated that some players need to show more intent. Many believed that the remark was directed to the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara who tends to play defensive games for a long period of time.
Dipping form for the last two years
Kohli last made a century for India in ODIs back in August 2019 against the West Indies. The batsman known as the run-machine has managed an average of 43 and 47.89 in his last two years in ODI which may not have been bad but missed the dominant touch for which Kohli is known. His performance in the crucial do-or-die matches has been far from what the team wanted.
Wanted to eliminate Rohit Sharma from the leadership role
A shocking report emerged a few months ago, that Kohli went to BCCI to request the removal of Rohit Sharma. Sources say that the captain was more in favour of K L Rahul or Rishabh Pant as the two of them are quite young in age. Rohit Sharma at the moment is 34 years old. This proposal from Kohli allegedly didn’t go well with the BCCI.
India plays the most of the cricket of all countries and captaining the side in all three formats can take a toll on mental health. While Kohli has earlier decided to step down from the T20 captaincy, BCCI may have considered the workload that will be upon Kohli from the test matches only and therefore wanted to relieve him from the ODI captaincy to concentrate on his batting.
Rohit Sharma wanted the ODI captaincy too
A report emerged a few days ago that Rohit Sharma accepted the T20 captaincy on the condition that the ODI captaincy will also be given to him as the Mumbaikar wanted to be in full charge of the shorter formats. Whether it is true or false is something only Rohit Sharma will know.
India will now be touring South Africa on the 26th of December. Kohli has a wonderful opportunity to make a strong statement by winning a test series, a feat that has never been achieved by the Indian Team on the shores of South Africa.