The Indian cricket team suffered an exit from the semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2019. India fell short against New Zealand in a low-scoring affair. The Virat Kohli-led Indian team bossed the show in the league stage as they finished at the top of the 10-team table.
But failure with the bat in the semis, ended India’s campaign at Old Trafford in Manchester. Now one aspect of this side was that throughout the tourney, the team was over dependent on the top order and the bowlers. This led to a blank from the shaky middle order. Only MS Dhoni showed some character throughout.
After India’s exit, talks have surfaced that the BCCI is mulling on split-captaincy. As a skipper Kohli was mature in the World Cup and led the side well, but the BCCI wants a different direction. This was after some tactical blunders made by the Indian team in CWC 19. According to reports, Kohli will be given a free hand to continue as Test and T20I skipper, but opening batsman and vice-captain Rohit Sharma is their choice to lead the side in ODIs.
“This would be the right time for Rohit to take over the mantle of the captaincy in the 50-over format. There has been immense support to the present captain…and it’s time to plan ahead for the next World Cup” said a board member to IANS.
The question here is will this system work for India? One feels that the BCCI is following England’s footsteps with this regard. 2019 World Cup winners England had performed poorly in the 2015 edition, but soon they resurrected focus and worked hard to build for the 2019 World Cup.
Eoin Morgan-led side found solace in an aggressive brand of cricket. Players were allowed to play freely without the fear of failure. This saw England dominate the ODI circuit in the last few years.
Meanwhile, England follow a split captaincy route. Morgan is the limited-overs skipper, whereas, Joe Root is the Test captain. Now as far Rohit is concerned, he has captained the Indian team in Kohli’s absence in the last couple of years. Under his leadership, India sealed the T20 Nidahas Trophy and the 2018 ODI Asia Cup in UAE. Rohit looks like someone who is a natural leader. He has a calm head and reads situations well.
Now if the BCCI wants to hand the ODI captaincy to Rohit, then it shouldn’t just be ODIs. He should get the nod in T20Is as well. This looks like a good move for both Rohit and Kohli. This will allow current captain Kohli to focus on Test cricket and get the desired results. Rohit can keep his focus on the limited-overs game. But the BCCI cannot be focusing just on captaincy. The board should follow England’s brand of cricket and allow players to breathe. Too many chopping and changing will keep hurting the side.