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What Did Ravi Shastri Have To Say About Taking Rohit Sharma As The White-Ball Captain?

Ravi Shastri, who was India’s coach until the T20 World Cup, discussed the decision to split captaincy in white-ball cricket, with Rohit Sharma taking full command.
Ravi Shastri’s Reaction To Rohit Sharma Taking Over As White-Ball Captain Captain
Ravi Shastri, who was India’s coach until the T20 World Cup, discussed the decision to split captaincy in white-ball cricket, with Rohit Sharma taking full command.

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The strategy of having different captains in white-ball and Test cricket has been a point of contention for a long time. Over the years, several teams have elected to have a divided captaincy: England has Eoin Morgan as white-ball captain while Joe Root leads the team in Tests; Australia has Aaron Finch as ODI and T20I captain while (formerly) Tim Paine and now Pat Cummins lead the side in Test cricket. Following Test captain Virat Kohli’s announcement that he would step down as T20I captain, the BCCI chose Rohit Sharma to take over as ODI captain.

Former India coach Ravi Shastri has seen both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma up close and personal, and is arguably more knowledgeable about their cricket abilities than most.

India’s decision to split captaincy in white-ball cricket, with Rohit having total responsibility, was discussed by Shastri, whose final duty as India’s coach was the T20 World Cup.

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“I believe it is the most appropriate course of action. This might be a blessing in disguise for Virat and Rohit. Because I don’t believe that one individual can handle all three in this era if the bubble life continues for another year or two.” Shastri declared on a Star Sports show.

Shastri believes Kohli can now focus on red-ball cricket, which he believes he should lead for “as long as he wants.”

“I have a sneaky sense that it will turn out to be Virat’s saving grace.” He’ll be able to focus on the red-ball situation. There’s nothing wrong with that at all. He should be captain for as long as he wants because what he brings to the field, his intensity, is something that only a few Test captains can match. So he’ll be there, but it’ll give him a chance to stand back and reflect a bit more on his game, because he’s still got five or six years remaining,” said the former Indian batsman.

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