The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is keen on persuading Rohit Sharma to resume his role as the leader of the Indian team in the T20 format, despite his initial hesitation following their semi-final exit in the 2022 World T20. The board recently announced the three squads for the upcoming South Africa assignment and will discuss the selections and plan for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
BCCI’s Secretary and convenor of the selection committee, Jay Shah, will meet with the chairman of the panel, Ajit Agarkar, in the national capital to evaluate the squads and chart a roadmap for the highly anticipated T20 World Cup.
Given regular T20 captain Hardik Pandya’s absence for another month due to an ankle ligament tear suffered during the recently-concluded ODI World Cup, there are two options for leadership responsibility. The choice lies between entrusting Suryakumar Yadav or relying on Rohit Sharma’s exceptional leadership skills, which garnered praise worldwide over the past seven weeks.
It is important to note that Rohit Sharma had previously expressed his disinterest in playing the T20 format.However,his exceptional leadership during the ODI World Cup has persuaded the BCCI that he should continue leading the team in white-ball cricket until the T20 World Cup in the Americas scheduled for June-July.
In the context of Virat Kohli,it is worth mentioning that he has requested a break from participating in white-ball games during the South Africa tour.
For both Kohli and KL Rahul,their selection will rely on their performance in the Indian Premier League (IPL).Additionally,Rahul’s role as a keeper-batter for the Lucknow Super Giants in the upcoming season will determine his inclusion in the T20Is.
The management of workload is another crucial aspect to consider, with India playing six white-ball matches within a span of 11 days, including three 50-over games in five days.
Following this, the Test series will commence on December 26, just five days after the conclusion of the white-ball matches.