Rohit was announced the new captain of India’s cricket team T20I after former captain Virat Kohli relinquished his captaincy, stating difficulties maintaining the role as the reason after their early defeat in T20 World Cup 2021.
T20’s New Captain
With his goal on next year’s coveted T20 World Cup that will be held in Australia, India’s new T20 captain is fixated on providing his cricket team with a new strategy. The Indian cricket side will start the season with their first match against New Zealand in a three-game T20I series that will start on Wednesday (November 17) at Jaipur.
Rohit also mentioned about the role of his predecessor, Virat Kohli as a batter in the new lineup and his expectations from his former captain to continue to show his impressive skills in the shorter template.
Kohli has stepped down as captain of The Blues and in the opening on Wednesday of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup against New Zealand’s The Black Caps, Rohit will assume the role of full-time skipper in the shortest format until next year’s World Cup.
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In a previous virtual press briefing prior to the T20I series opening, Rohit emphasized that Kohli’s input will aid India’s squad to win the matches with his batting skills. Kohli will skip the 3-match T20I series against New Zealand as he is benched for the rest of the series.
“His function will stay the same as it has been for the squad. He is quite significant. He is a high-impact player who makes an impression every time he steps on the field. From the team’s perspective, he is a very significant player,” Rohit told the reporters on Tuesday.
Kohli’s Reason for Departure
Team India’s former captain, Virat Kohli announced last September his decision to step down from the captaincy of his cricket team. Kohli didn’t hold back about the reasons why he renounced being a captain of the team on his Twitter post.
In his full official statement, Kohli elaborated his sentiments.
“I’ve had the good fortune to not only represent India, but also to guide the Indian Cricket Team to its full potential. I would like to declare my appreciation to everyone who has aided me along the way as captain of the Indian Cricket Team. I could have not accomplished it without them: the lads, the support personnel, the selection panel, my mentors, and every Indian who wished us well,” he said.
He continued, “Understanding volume of work is critical, and given my extensive workload throughout the last 8-9 years playing all three formats and captaining on a regular basis for the previous 5-6 years, I realized I need to give myself some breathing room in order to be fully prepared and committed to direct the Indian squad in Test and ODI cricket. I gave my all for the team during my time as T20 Captain, and I will strive to do so as a batter for the T20 Team in the future.”
“Of course, it took a long time to get to this conclusion. I’ve chosen to renounce my T20 captaincy after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October after much contemplation and consultation with my close friends, Ravi Bhai and Rohit, who have been a fundamental element of the leadership group.”
“At the same time, I converse with BCCI secretary Jay Shah and president Sourav Ganguly, as well as all of the selectors. I shall continue to do my best to assist the Indian cricket team and the Indian team,” he added.
Despite the challenges that the India’s cricket team is currently facing following Kohli’s departure and exiting early from the competition, new captain Rohit remained positive that everything will fall into the right places to turn things around for the better.
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