Ravi Shastri, who was famously known as the Indian team’s head coach, left the post on Monday. He reckoned that Rohit Sharma is one of the best candidates who can replace Virat Kohli as the new skipper in the team of the national T20I. Virat Kohli captained the Indian team for the last time in November, in the 20-over format. Well, his team ended their T20 World Cup 2021 campaign now and Kohli made sure that India finished the mega event with a hat-trick of wins.
The Men in blue team couldn’t qualify for the semi-final and talking about Shastri, who has been India’s head coach for four years since he became the coach in 2017 spoke about Rohit being the new captain. He stated that Rohit has the potential to be the captain due to his amazing numbers in the Indian Premier League. Also, he did pretty well, being Kohli’s deputy in T20Is showing an awesome performance.
To make a note of, Shastri initially stated that split-captaincy may not be a bad idea in Indian cricket. He believed it was due to the hassles of bio-secure bubbles spotted in the deadly coronavirus pandemic. The veteran later admitted that staying away from one’s families and closed ones for such a long period of time may indeed be very difficult for cricketers.
Surely the pandemic period brought a lot of difficulties and obstacles in several industries and personal lives of so many people and cricketers wear a part of it too. Not having your family and close friends support at such a difficult time can also be hectic for cricketers adding a lot to their already existing stress. Ravi Shastri stated, ” I think in Rohit you’ve got a very capable guy”. “I think it’s not a bad thing because of the bubble. The players need to be rotated around and given the space, they need to spend some time with their families, see their parents. When a guy doesn’t go home for six months, he might have his family with him, but if he’s got parents and other family and you don’t get a chance to see them, it’s not easy at all,” Shastri was seen saying in the post-match presser.
“I think in Rohit you’ve got a very capable guy; he’s won so many IPLs and he’s the vice-captain of this side. He’s ready in the wings to take that job,” he stated. Although they crashed out before the semis, Shastri sounded confident that India have a bright future in the offing in the T20 format mostly because of the IPL. “I think we’ll always have a strong T20 team. We might have not won a World Cup but going forward you’ll continue to have a very strong team because the IPL throws a lot of young players into the mix,” Shastri later stated.