The speculation surrounding the participation of Indian captain Rohit Sharma and star batsman Virat Kohli in T20Is has been a hot topic since the conclusion of the ODI World Cup 2023. With the T20 World Cup 2024 looming just six months away, there is widespread discourse on whether the duo will be part of the upcoming mega event or if the team management will entrust the younger players to put an end to India’s decade-long ICC trophy drought.
Recent reports indicate that Rohit engaged in discussions about his T20I future during a meeting with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Delhi, where the squad for the South Africa tour was selected and India’s performance in the ODI World Cup 2023 was assessed. Participating via Zoom call from London, Rohit purportedly inquired of the selectors whether they envisioned his involvement in the T20 World Cup 2024 scheduled for the West Indies and the USA.
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As reported by Dainik Jagran, during a meeting attended by key BCCI figures such as Secretary Jay Shah, Vice President Rajeev Shukla, and treasurer Ashish Shelar, as well as head coach Rahul Dravid and selectors, there was a unanimous consensus that Rohit Sharma is the most suitable candidate to captain India in the upcoming T20 World Cup. The officials expressed their preference for Rohit to assume leadership responsibilities for the T20I squad starting from the South Africa tour. However, due to a demanding World Cup campaign, Rohit opted for a break from the white-ball segment of the tour. He is set to return to lead the team in a two-match Test series.
Significantly, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have not participated in a T20 International match since India’s distressing defeat against England in the semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2022. Following this, all-rounder Hardik Pandya has assumed the captaincy, but his ankle injury during the ODI World Cup 2023 raises doubts about his participation in the T20 World Cup 2024. Consequently, the selectors have extended the leadership responsibility to Rohit Sharma.