Virat Kohli stepped down as Test captain post the Test series against South Africa. Meanwhile, there was confusion regarding who would lead India in Test cricket. Well, Rohit Sharma was the obvious pick.
The former cricketers and experts came up with certain names who would take India in the right direction as far as the Test cricket is concerned. Aakash Chopra didn’t want Rohit to be the Test captain for obvious reason.
For more than a year, Rohit has been suffering from a hamstring injury. Moreover, the 34-year-old was ruled out of the Test and ODI series against South Africa. Some wanted Rishabh Pant to be the next Test captain.
This is due to the fact that the southpaw reads the game well behind the stumps. Meanwhile, all those speculations were put to rest by India’s cricket body, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The BCCI is expected to name Rohit Sharma as the new Test captain. The official announcement will be made ahead of the home series against West Indies. Moreover, Rohit has been proving others wrong by working on his fitness of late.
Recently, he was spotted sweating it out at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. The experts advised the stalwart to reduce weight in order to prolong his cricketing career and to contribute to Indian cricket across formats.
BCCI to name Rohit Sharma as the new Test captain
It seems that the BCCI is completely happy with Rohit Sharma’s progress in terms of fitness and other factors. As a result, the board has decided to name Rohit Sharma as the new Test captain.
With that, Rohit will be India’s all-format captain. Rohit will be looking forward to leading India across formats soon. India haven’t performed well without Rohit Sharma of late in the overseas series against South Africa.
Earlier, India lost the Test series by 2-1. Later on, South Africa inflicted a 3-0 whitewash on Team India in the three-match ODI series. Meanwhile, India won just one ODI in the last 10 ODIs in SENA countries without Rohit Sharma.
On the other hand, India have won 8 out of 10 ODIs with Rohit Sharma. “Without any doubt, Rohit Sharma will be the new test captain of India. Rohit was named vice-captain before the South Africa series & will now be elevated as captain of the team. The announcement will be made soon”, a senior BCCI official told InsideSport.
Meanwhile, the BCCI official further told InsideSport that selectors will have a word with Rohit Sharma on his workload and fitness-related problems. In fact, Rohit has already been working on the fitness of late. He was spotted training with Sanju Samson and Ravindra Jadeja.
“The workload will be immense. He needs to keep himself very agile and fit. I think the selectors will have a word with him. He will have to work to extra-bit on his fitness,” said the BCCI official, on the conditions of anonymity.