Indian cricket is entering a transition phase quite quickly. Just a couple of days after the T20 World Cup, in which India failed to qualify for the knockout stages, the Men in Blue with a new T20I captain, Rohit Sharma, and a new support staff led by the legendary Rahul Dravid, are preparing to face the runners-up of the New Zealand World Cup. Virat Kohli, who will no longer remain the captain of India in the shorter format, has chosen to rest from the three-match T20I series that starts on Wednesday in Jaipur.
Kohli is likely to return in cue ball cricket for the road series in South Africa. With less than a year to go to another T20 World Cup in Australia, Kohli, captain or not, is sure to play a key role in the search for India.
“The role of Virat Kohli will not change. He will continue to do what he has been doing for the team for so many years, ”India’s newly appointed T20I captain Rohit Sharma said at a virtual press conference on the eve of the first T20I when asked about Kohli.
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Rohit, who has been Kohli’s assistant in white ball cricket for the past three to four years, called Kohli an ‘impact player’ and said his experience and skills as a hitter will always add value to the team regardless of format. .
“He is a very important player for the team. Whenever he plays, he creates an impact. He always leaves his mark on the game.”
“Everyone has a different role on the team. And those change based on whether you’re punching or chasing, so based on that, the roles will keep changing. Everyone is open to that and I am sure that when Virat returns, it will only strengthen the team. The great experience he has and the type of hitter he is will only add value to our team, ”said Rohit.
Players such as Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, Varun Chakravarthy, Rahul Chahar, who were part of the India World Cup team, are not in the 15-member squad that is preparing to take on New Zealand .
India’s new head coach Dravid said workload management is important.
“Even in soccer, great players do not play every game. The physical and mental well-being of the players will be important. It is a balancing act and work so that everyone is fit and ready for the big tournaments,” he explained Dravid.
"खाना विशेषज्ञ। जोम्बी प्रेमी। अति कफी अधिवक्ता। बियर ट्रेलब्लाजर। अप्रिय यात्रा फ्यान।"