Rohit Sharma has been appointed as a vice-captain for the remainder of the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Rohit Sharma replaced Cheteshwar Pujara who was the main contender for this job. It is a big call by BCCI. Although when it comes to Rohit’s leadership skills in white ball cricket, there is no doubt he is one of the best leader of Team India.
Rohit Sharma has played only 5 test matches and never played any test match since november 2019. Despite this lengthy absence, The team management made a surpirising change and dropped Pujara for vice-captain role.
BCCI appoints Rohit Sharma a vice-captain for the remaining tests:
Giving Vice-captaincy role to Rohit Sharma has surprised many, but a PTI report suggests that He was the first contender for this role in the absence of Virat Kohli. In the conversation to PTI, A BCCI official said,
There was never an iota of doubt about who will be India’s vice-captain once Virat takes a break and Ajinkya is elevated. It was always going to be Rohit and Pujara was just a stop-gap arrangement till the former joined the squad.”
“Rohit has been India’s long-time white ball vice-captain, so it was only imperative that in Virat’s absence, he will be a part of the team’s leadership group,” he added.
In 2017, Rohit was named Kohli’s deputy in white ball cricket. He also led team India to win 8 ODIs from 10 ODIs. Under his captaincy, Team India also won Nidahas Trophy and Asia cup 2018.
Rohit has also led Team India in 19 T20Is in which Team India sealed 15 wins. Rohit Sharma also proved his worth as a captain in IPL and has led Mumbai Indians to five title victories.
Now, Rohit Sharma is the vice-captain of Team India for the remaining test, it is clear he will play the last two test matches. Mayank Agrawal might be dropped from the playing XI for the first time in his career.
The third test match between India vs Australia kicks off on January 7 in Sydney.