Former India opener Virender Sehwag thinks skipper Rohit Sharma could be relieved of captaincy duties in the T20 format, allowing him to better manage his workload. Rohit has been unable to appear in all of India’s matches since becoming captain due to injuries and workload. “If the Indian team management has someone else in mind as captain in the T20 format, then I think Rohit (Sharma) can be relieved and the following can be considered,” Sehwag told PTI in an interview.
One, that would allow Rohit to manage his workload and mental fatigue, given his age.
“Two, once someone is newly appointed captain in T20s, it would also allow Rohit to take breaks and rejuvenate himself to lead India in both Tests and ODIs,” he said in an interaction hosted by Sony Sports, the official broadcaster of the India-England series.
However, Sehwag insisted that if the team management sticks to its current policy of having one captain to lead India across the three formats, Sharma is still an ideal choice. “If the Indian think tank still wants to follow the same policy of having one man lead India in all three formats, I still believe that Rohit Sharma is the best man for it.” Sehwag has made a pertinent point about split captaincy in an era where the international schedule of choc a bloc places more emphasis than ever on injury management and mental fatigue.
The split captaincy concept began in 1997 when Australian selectors appointed Steve Waugh to captain the then ODI side, and Mark Taylor remained the head of the test team.
While Australia had considerable success on this route, so did England, when the ECB made Joe Root the test captain and Eoin Morgan was given the responsibility of the ODI side.
However, the Indian cricket ecosystem is somewhat different from Australia or England, where multiple power centers in different sizes work more seamlessly than in a subcontinent.
Several captains have not been tried in Indian cricket for a long time. India’s winning skipper Kapil Dev has publicly said that a split captain cannot work in Indian cricket as it is not part of “our culture”.
India could have split the captaincy for an extended period when Rohit became captain of the cue ball last year. However, Kohli resigned from Test captaincy shortly afterwards, elevating Rohit as the captain of all formats.
Combinations for T20 World Cup
While there is currently a lot of permutation and combinations at play ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year, the former Indian reckless opener claimed his top three picks among the batters for the tournament would be Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan and KL. rahul.
Star batter Virat Kohli is currently India’s designated number three batter.
“India has plenty of options when it comes to hard hitters in T20s. However, I would personally vouch for Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul as the top three hitters for the World Cup in Australia,” said Sehwag. “The right and left handed combination of Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan, or for that matter, Ishan and KL Rahul could be quite interesting for the World T20,” he added.
Sehwag, who was known to bring many frightening pacers to the cleaners in his heyday, praised the young pacesetter Umran Malik and believes the 22-year-old should play in the World Cup alongside Mohammed Shami and Jasprit. Bumrah as one of India’s bowling pinnacles.
“If there is one pacesetter who has left a deep impression on me lately, it is none other than Umran Malik. He should definitely be part of India’s plans as one of the foremost bowlers alongside Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, Sehwag stated. †
“This IPL has brought us many promising young bowlers, but Umran’s skills and talent will definitely earn him a place in the Indian league in all three formats in the long run,” he noted.
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