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Kohli’s Childhood Coach Backs Rohit Sharma As Test Captain But Not For Obvious Reasons



The former Indian captain Virat Kohli’s childhood coach, Rajkumar Sharma has advocated the decision to make Rohit Sharma the next Test cricket captain for the Men in Blue. However, the reason isn’t as obvious as it seems.

The 56-year old player-turned coach says that while the Hitman has been an exceptional player and a great leader of the game, the biggest factor working in his favour to become the skipper in all three formats is the lack of candidates that are good enough to butt heads against him.

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According to the former Ranji Trophy player, there is nobody in the entire Indian cricket roster, other than Rohit Sharma (and Virat Kohli), who has a guaranteed spot in the Playing XI in all three formats and therefore, it becomes significantly easier for him to be crowned the new leader.

The early ouster from the T20 World Cup 2021 fast-forwarded Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as the skipper in the shortest format of the game, which led to Sharma replacing him. While Kohli had no intention of giving up his top-man position in ODIs, the BCCI were against having two white-ball captains and therefore sacked Kohli and made Sharma the full-time limited-overs captain.

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It was at this time at the Indian cricket board also decided to remove the struggling Ajinkya Rahane as the vice-captain of red-ball cricket for the team and made the Hitman the deputy in-command. However, following the shameful 2-1 defeat against a rebuilding South African side, Kohli decided to give up his Test captaincy as well.

While at the moment, the throne to the Test squad in India remains unattained, the possible candidates include names like KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and of course Rohit Sharma. 

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Among the first three candidates, Rahul has recently displayed poor decision-making and Pant is deemed to be not experienced enough to lead a red-ball squad. As far as Bumrah is concerned, he is just a pacer - which isn’t enough to make him captain, according to the former Indian head coach, Ravi Shastri.

Having said that, the BCCI are in no rush to make this decision as the next Test series is scheduled to take place in the last week of February when the Sri Lankan side will be touring India for two Tests and three T20Is. 

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The more pressing matter at the moment is the three-match ODI series against the touring West Indies side which begins on 6th February. This will be for the first time since March 2021 that both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will be playing in a 50-over match as Men in Blue.

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