Former India captain and ex-BCCI chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar has backed BCCI’s decision to replace Virat Kohli with Rohit Sharma as ODI captain.
According to Vengsarkar, Sharma has done well in shorter formats as a skipper and deserves to lead the team.
“The BCCI has made the right move in making Rohit Sharma the India white-ball captain across ODIs and T20Is. Rohit has been doing well for quite some time now and he was waiting to get his captaincy turn. I feel it is a good move.
Now, Virat Kohli can concentrate on Test cricket and Rohit can concentrate on white-ball cricket, in which he has done exceptionally well as a leader so far. He has won many titles for Mumbai Indians in the IPL and has also done well in whatever games he has been given as captain of the Indian team,” added the former India batter,” Vengsarkar told The Indian Express.
Vengsarkar believes split captaincy has worked for England and it can work in favour of Rohit and Virat.
“feel there will be no issue of having two power centers in the Indian dressing room. These are professional players after all and they will get on with the job at hand. The same will be the case for the youngsters, they will look to get their chance and grab it.
As we see in England, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan are both doing well as Test and white-ball captains. So split captaincy can work for both Virat and Rohit as well. They will not be overburdened. It will ease the pressure on them as they won’t be under the spotlight all the time. They can concentrate on their game better in other formats too,” Vengsarkar added.