The BCCI top brass is going to have a conversation with Virat Kohli about the future of his captaincy in one-day internationals. The board wants to relieve Kohli of the captaincy burden in limited-overs cricket so that he can focus on his batting and return to his dominant form. The changes in Team India’s ODI captaincy could be as soon as the bilateral series against South Africa, which begins from January 11, 2022. Rohit Sharma is expected to take over in the 50-over format too, with KL Rahul as his deputy.
As far as the upcoming home Test series against New Zealand is concerned, Virat Kohli has opted to rest for the 1st Test, which begins in Kanpur from November 25. The team will be led by vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane in Kohli’s absence. Sources further informed that Rohit Sharma will be rested for the two-match Test series against the Blackcaps as there is very little gap between the second Test match and the start of India’s Test series in South Africa.
Rohit Sharma was named captain of the T20I team on Tuesday as the BCCI announced a 16-member squad for the 3-match series against New Zealand, which starts in Jaipur on November 17.
India are scheduled to play three Test matches in South Africa, starting December 17. It will be followed by a three-match ODI and a four-match T20I series.