Wednesday, December 6, 2023

The Rohit Sharma Dilemma: Why India Need Hitman As Captain For 2 More Years

Rohit Sharma will need to have felt very lonely as he walked up the lengthy staircase of the Motera Stadium whereas shaking palms with whoever got here in his means on the catastrophic Sunday night time. A World Cup remaining defeat like this may need felt like a stab within the chest. He wanted to rapidly 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 workforce wants him on the helm for at the least two extra years in longer codecs.

When Rahul Dravid’s captaincy stint led to 2007, Dhoni was a prepared alternative within the workforce 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 workforce the place the kids are years away from taking the management position, the selectors may have no selection however to proceed with Rohit.

Listening to educate Rahul Dravid, you get an concept how invested he was in his workforce 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 workforce fantastically. He is given a lot of his time and vitality within the dressing room to the boys. He is all the time been out there 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 way in which he used his bowlers and for bringing a splash of humour once in a while throughout a tense marketing campaign. And identical to his easy pull-shots, Rohit by no means needed to attempt being humorous. He has that streak in him.

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

“He is given lots of his private time, vitality into this marketing campaign. And he needed to guide by instance. Proper by means of the match, he was fairly excellent in doing that. I simply cannot communicate extra extremely of him as an individual and as a pacesetter,” Dravid added.

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

However as an alternative of discovering a fast alternative 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 should decide and select the bilateral ODI sequence, particularly the white-ball ones that he needs to play.

In Check cricket, he has been India’s finest batter throughout all situations within the submit COVID-19 section and the workforce 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 really wants Rohit Sharma as its chief and mentor until that point and this needs to 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 although Hardik was designated deputy throughout the World Cup, his health and workload would all the time be a difficulty. There are two extra decisions although – KL Rahul and Jasprit Bumrah, who did lead India in a one-off Check sequence and a mini T20 sequence in Eire.

However each Rahul and Bumrah have not precisely seemed 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 workforce and for that to proceed, he must be in finest state of mind and lead the workforce in at the least two codecs.

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

(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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