Rohit Sharma replaces Virat Kohli as captain of India’s ODI, to take over the series from South Africa starting next month | Cricket

Rohit Sharma replaces Virat Kohli as captain of India’s ODI, to take over the series from South Africa starting next month |  Cricket

In a mass announcement, the BCCI appointed Rohit Sharma as the new ODI captain of the Indian cricket team. He will replace his predecessor Virat Kohli by starting the ODI series of three against South Africa in January 2022.

“The All India Senior Selection Committee also decided to appoint Mr. Rohit Sharma as the Captain of the ODI and T20I teams in the future,” BCCI tweeted on Thursday.

The announcement comes on the day the board announced the India team for the three test series starting on December 26. Several floating reports in the media suggested that the changing of the guard was inevitable, before the board decided to end the suspense with a tweet.

Rohit, who took over as the patron of India’s T20I after the T20 World Cup, led the three recently concluded T20I series against New Zealand, which the home team won comfortably 3-0. With Kohli already stepping down as captain of India’s T20I, it was only a matter of time before Rohit took over as captain of the limited edition team. He was also promoted to India’s Vice Captain in Tests, Kohli’s understudy, replacing Ajinkya Rahane out of shape.

Rohit has less than a year to prepare for the T20 World Cup in Australia next year, which will be followed by the 50-year World Cup in India in 2023. With the Rohit Sharma-Rahul Dravid partnership taking over, the two Upcoming ICC events promises to be the biggest challenge for the Indian team, especially after their poor performance at the T20 World Cup, where the team failed to reach the semi-final, the first time it happened at an ICC event. in eight years.

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Rohit has led India in 10 ODIs, of which the team won eight. Rohit’s ODI captaincy’s greatest achievement came in 2018, when in Kohli’s absence, India won the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates, beating Bangladesh in the final. The team won all of its league matches except for a thrilling draw against Afghanistan.

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Kohli, who took over as India’s full-time captain in 2017 when the great MS Dhoni decided to step down, will become the most successful ODI captain in the country with a 70.43 win percentage. He led India in 95 games, winning 65 and losing 27, and is fourth on the list of most matches as the patron of India behind Dhoni, Mohammad Azharuddin and Sourav Ganguly.

With Kohli, India performed well in the two major ICC events the team participated in. In 2017, India reached the final of the ICC Champions Trophy, where they lost to Pakistan. Two years later, India reached the semi-final of the T20 World Cup with Kohli, where they finished at the top of the table after the group stage. In one of the most challenging World Cup formats, Kohli led his team with confidence as India won every match in their group except one: England.

Unfortunately, however, Kohli’s tenure as captain ends without an ICC trophy, even though he ranks second on the list of most runs scored by a captain in ODI. With 5449 runs in 95 games with an impressive 72.65 average, including 21 centuries and 27 fifties, Kohli is alongside the great former Australian captain Ricky Ponting.

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