oppn parties Rohit Sharma To Be Captain Till WTC Final In June 2025, Says Jay Shah

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Rohit Sharma To Be Captain Till WTC Final In June 2025, Says Jay Shah

By Linus Garg
First publised on 2024-07-07 11:26:14

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BCCI secretary Jay Shah yesterday gave Team India skipper (now in Tests and ODIs only) Rohit Sharma solid backing when he disclosed that he will remain captain till the WCT next year which period includes the Champions Trophy in Pakistan in February next year. The WCT final is scheduled to be played at Lords in London in June next year. Shah added that he is sure that under Sharma's able captaincy, India will bring home both the trophies like it did the T20 World Cup recently.

This means a lot for continuity in the team. With Rahul Dravid no longer the coach, there will be a new coach appointed soon. If the captain were also to be changed, a set team will lose momentum. Although the composition of Test and ODI teams will be different from the team Rohit Sharma led in the T20 World Cup, Sharma has been captaining the team in all three formats since late 2021. The players know what to expect from him and, more importantly, he knows what to expect from the players. Sunil Gavaskar recently commented that Sharma is a 'people's captain; in the mould of Kapil Dev and M S Dhoni. The best thing is that like them, he too leads from the front and earns the respect of the players in doing so. It is good that he has retired from T20s as he will be turning 38 in April next year and with so much cricket being played, it is better to preserve his energies for Tests and ODIs.

Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid made a good team. They were instrumental in experimenting and introduced a good number of youngsters in the team who lived up to expectations. Sharma wll have to strike a good rapport with the new coach and will have to keep building the team for the future. He will also have to groom his successor (it can be K L Rahul, Rishabh Pant or Hardik Pandya, depending upon the format and also depending upon the wish of the selectors whether they want a single captain for all formats or different ones for each).