As Virat Kohli Steps down from Test Captaincy, Rohit was ‘Shocked’ seeing this. India’s White Ball Captain, Rohit Sharma, has congratulated outgoing most successful captain Virat Kohli and said he was ‘shocked’ seeing this.
On Saturday, Virat Kohli made sudden announcement that he relinquishes the team’s skipper position. Notably he told the team mates only 24 hours ago.
The 33-year-old finished his tenure as India’s most successful captain in the longest format of the game.
After taking over the reins from M S Dhoni, he led India in 68 Test matches and secured 40 wins at a win percentage of 58.82. As Test captain, he registered his first series win against Sri Lanka in 2015, a victory that India earned in the Emerald Island after 22 years.
“Shocked!! But congratulations on a successful stint as Indian captain,” said Rohit sharma in an Instagram post on Sunday.
“All the best wishes for the future,” Rohit further said in Hindi.
Notably, Rohit sharma is now the front-runner for leading India in the longest format as well because he was appointed the Test vice-captain by the Indian selectors ahead of the recently concluded South Africa series.
The 34-year old Sharma has also emerged as India’s best batter since he returned to the Test team in January, 2021, for the final two Tests of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. In those two matches, Rohit also served as Rahane’s deputy when Kohli returned home after the first Test for the birth of his child.
The selectors’ strong faith in Rohit reflected in their decision to appoint him as India’s white-ball captain ahead of the South Africa tour.
With the second edition of the World Test Championship final as well as the ODI World Cup coming up in 2023, the selectors might not mind having Rohit lead in all three formats as that could help with stability in decision making.
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