Former England spinner Monty Panesar feels that veteran batsman Rohit Sharma should be handed the leadership duties of India in the shortest format. His comments came after the Virat Kohli-led side lost the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) Final.
The debate of split captaincy in the Indian team has been a long-standing one. While most of the teams have opted for multiple captains across formats, the likes of India, Pakistan and New Zealand have the same leader across all formats.
With the ICC T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in India later this year, many have suggested that Team India should opt for the model to better utilize the resources and also shift some burden from Kohli’s shoulders.
Panesar isn’t the first expert that has backed Rohit Sharma to lead Team India in the shortest format. He has led his IPL franchise Mumbai Indians to a record-extending five titles as a captain ever since he took over the reins in 2013.
Rohit Sharma has also successfully led the team in Asia Cup as well as the Nidahas Trophy. So far, he has led India 29 times (10 ODIs, 19 T20Is), winning 23 times ( 8 ODIs and 15 T20Is).
“Well I think T20 captaincy probably should be given to Rohit Sharma, he does really well for Mumbai Indians. You know Virat Kohli is under pressure here because if his team doesn’t perform in the five-match series against England and loses ICC T20 World Cup 2021 then you know what will happen,” Panesar told CricBouncer.
“I think against England, it will be less threatening because they don’t have someone like Kyle Jamieson, so plus England’s top-order batting isn’t as strong. So, I think India probably will always be in the game,” he added.