As the Indian team got knocked out from the ICC World Cup 2019, there have been many questions raised about the team management’s decisions particularly in relation to selection decisions and strategies employed during the semi-final match, have brought Virat Kohli’s captaincy under the scanner. Many felt that it was a golden chance for the Men in Blue to become three-time winners, but they squandered it.
Virat Kohli’s captaincy tactics in white-ball cricket has always been questioned given that he is often seen dependent on the likes of MS Dhoni and his deputy Rohit Sharma for decisions and some of his decisions made no sense, like sending in MS Dhoni at no.7 in the all-important semi-final against New Zealand. He also decided to leave Mohammad Shami out of the XI for the knockout game, despite him being in great form.
Kohli’s decisions have left experts and fans scratching their heads and though no one has asked Kohli to step down from captaincy; his leadership has been questioned a lot. One of the most presented arguments has been how he has been leading RCB for almost a decade in IPL but hasn’t led them to the title yet and they have made the finals just once under his captaincy.
Former India Test opener and stalwarts of domestic cricket, Wasim Jaffer has raised a valid point about the Indian captaincy in the limited-overs format. Jaffer feels that the time is right to hand over the white-ball captaincy to Rohit Sharma and let Kohli take the reins in Test cricket, a format where he has kept the Indian team at the pinnacle of ICC rankings for a long time now. Jaffer also mentioned that he would have Rohit leading India in 2023 World Cup, to be played in India.
Wasim Jaffer tweeted, “Is it time to hand over white ball captaincy to Rohit Sharma? I would like him to lead India in 2023 World Cup????”
Is it time to hand over white ball captaincy to Rohit Sharma?— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) July 12, 2019
I would like him to lead India in 2023 World Cup????