Team India pacer Jasprit Bumrah has stated that it would be an honour if he gets an opportunity to lead the Indian team in the near future. With Virat Kohli no longer captain in any of the three formats, Rohit Sharma is likely to take over the mantle when fit. In his absence, KL Rahul has been named captain for the one-dayers in South Africa while Bumrah has been picked as vice-captain.
A day after India lost the Test series to South Africa following a seven-wicket defeat in Cape Town, Virat Kohli quit as the team’s Test captain. The Test series against an inexperienced Proteas outfit was seen by many as India’s best chance to win a Test series in South Africa. However, while India won in Centurion, they went down in Johannesburg and failed to get their act right at Newlands as well.
Indian cricket’s Test captain Virat Kohli, on Wednesday, held an explosive press conference in which he opened up on everything from his sacking as one-day captain to rumours of his rift with Rohit Sharma. Kohli made is clear that there was no prior intimation given to him about his removal as one-day captain. According to him, he was told one and a half hours before the team selection meeting for the Test squad for South Africa that he would no longer be captain in the one-day format. Kohli also dismissed suggestions that he was requested to stay on as T20 leader following his announcement. Here is a detailed account of statements and clarifications made by Kohli at the press conference.
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has urged cricket experts and fans not to point fingers at Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma unless they have any specific information on the alleged rift between the two superstars of Indian cricket. After Rohit was ruled out of the South Africa Tests due to a hamstring injury, some media reports on Tuesday claimed that Kohli would not be part of the ODIs due to personal reasons. However, a few other reports dismissed the claims and quoted BCCI officials as saying that Kohli had not asked for a break.
Team India’s limited-overs captain Rohit Sharma has stated that there is no point thinking about talk on the outside as it is something they cannot control. He added that, as cricketers, it is important to focus on the job at hand, which is to play well and win matches. Rohit was recently named as India’s ODI captain, replacing Virat Kohli. The Mumbai batter was earlier named T20 skipper as well after Kohli quit the post.
Former Pakistan batsman Younis Khan is regarded as one of the finest batsmen to have played the game at the highest level. He scored over 10,000 runs in Tests with 34 centuries at an average of 52.05. In ODIs as well, he hit 7,240 runs at an average of 31.24. However, Younis had a controversial reign as Pakistan’s skipper.