Aakash Chopra has opined that split captaincy is unlikely to work in Indian cricket as most of the players play all the 3 formats. This comes after the sudden announcement from Virat Kohli on Thursday, stating he is quitting the T20I captaincy after the World Cup.
Would want to give Rohit Sharma the ODI captaincy as well- Aakash Chopra
This means that India will have a new skipper in the shortest format after the T20 World Cup with Kohli likely to be continuing as a batsman. Rohit Sharma is the obvious front-runner to takeover given he is the deputy of the side, while Kohli will remain the captain in the other 2 formats.
So as things stand, Virat Kohli & Rohit Sharma will be playing all the 3 formats for India and this brings a unique situation. While Rohit will lead in T20Is with Kohli playing as a pure batsman, roles will be reversed in ODIs, Tests.
Aakash Chopra on his youtube channel maintained that this can’t co-exist unlike the split captaincy for teams like Australia & England who have separate captains for white-ball and red-ball cricket. He felt that Kohli may not remain the skipper of the ODI team for long before adding Rohit Sharma should be given the captaincy in both ODIs and T20Is so as to have continuity in the side.
“The division is between red ball and white ball. Joe Root and Eoin Morgan, Aaron Finch and Tim Paine – generally you find that the white ball and Test captain can be different. Split captaincy can happily co-exist but to take the red ball and one white ball and leave the other, I think that’s unlikely to work,” he reasoned.
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“The players are almost the same. If you see the Indian team, seven to nine people are the same. You don’t see too many changes there. If that is not the case, I feel in the long-term vision, Virat Kohli will not remain the ODI captain as well,”
“Whoever is made the captain now and that is going to be Rohit Sharma, you might want to give the 2023 ODI World Cup captaincy also to him apart from the 2022 T20 World Cup because you want continuity in terms of just the direction,”