Virat Kohli decided to step down as India’s Test captain on Saturday, a day after the team’s Test series loss to South Africa. With this, he has relinquished all forms of captaincy. Earlier, Kohli had stepped down from T20I leadership before reportedly being removed as ODI skipper.
Meanwhile, work is in progress to appoint Virat Kohli’s successor in red-ball cricket. As of now, limited-overs vice-captain KL Rahul’s name was doing rounds to succeed Kohli. However, it seems that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has zeroed in on a suitable candidate.
It has been reported that Rohit Sharma, who is currently India’s white-ball captain, is all set to be appointed as Virat Kohli’s successor.
“Without any doubt, Rohit Sharma will be the new test captain of India. Rohit was named vice-captain before the South Africa series & will now be elevated as captain of the team. The announcement will be made soon”, a BCCI official was quoted as saying by InsideSport.
At the same time, the BCCI official also made it clear that Rohit Sharma has a huge challenge of working hard on his fitness since he would now be leading India across formats.
“The workload will be immense. He need to keep himself very agile and fit. I think the selectors will have a word with him. He will have to work to extra-bit on his fitness”, the official added.
Furthermore, it has been learned that the selectors are finding it tough to pick India’s next Test deputy with KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah in contention.
“The Vice-Captain will be India’s future leader. KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah all are future leaders. The selectors need to groom them in a proper structured manner. Selectors need to make a big choice on who will be made the vice-captain of the Indian test team”, the BCCI official said.