BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has brushed off the reports of Virat Kohli stepping down as a captain in limited-overs cricket after the T20 World Cup. Earlier, reports surfaced on the internet that Virat Kohli is mulling over giving up the leadership role in ODIs and T20Is as he feels that leading India in all three formats is affecting his batting.
Reports further stated that vice-captain Rohit Sharma will take over the duties from Kohli and all the concerned parties have even held a formal meeting to discuss the matter. However, Dhumal rubbished the reports and said Virat will continue as the skipper in all formats.
“This is all rubbish. Nothing (as) such is happening. This is all what you guys (media) are talking about. BCCI has not met or discussed anything on this issue (split captaincy),” Dhumal was quoted by onmanorama. “Virat will remain as the captain (of all formats).”
Speculations of Rohit Sharma taking charge of the limited-overs teams have been doing rounds for a while, owing to the Indian vice-captain’s magnificent record as a captain in the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he has led Mumbai Indians to five titles. Rohit has also been very impressive every time he has got an opportunity to lead India. The 34-year-old has led India 10 times in ODIs, winning on eight occasions. In T20Is, he has captained them 19 times of which they have won 15.
Also, Virat’s failure to win ICC events is one of the reasons many consider it’s time for Kohli to hand over the reins to Rohit Sharma. However, as per the BCCI treasure, all those reports are media made and have existence in reality.