Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has supported Rohit Sharma to do well as Team India captain in T20Is, saying the Indian team management does not have to think long term in terms of appointment to the role. Gavaskar pointed out that the next issue of the T20 World Cup will be played in Australia in 2022. Virat Kohli‘s term as T20I captain ended with a disappointing T20 World Cup in the UAE. Referring to concerns about workload, Kohli, before the T20 World Cup, announced that he would relinquish the T20I captaincy after the tournament. Rohit was named captain for the T20I series against New Zealand on Tuesday.
Despite India beating Namibia by nine wickets on Tuesday, the team could not qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament, finishing third in Group 2 behind Pakistan and New Zealand.
Gavaskar, during a discussion on Sports Today, said Rohit, who has already led the team on numerous occasions, is the right man to lead India to an ICR trophy.
The legendary batsman also highlighted the 34-year-old’s excellent record in the Indian Premier League, after leading Mumbai Indians to a record of five titles.
“Long-term is in the case that the next World Cup may be two or three years away. The next World Cup (T20) is only 10-12 months away. Then you do not really have to look long-term,” says Gavaskar.
“But right now you have to look at the best man who can lead India to an ICR trophy. And that man is Rohit Sharma with his record for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, he is the obvious choice. So, I think, “he should be given the captaincy and maybe after next year’s World Cup in Australia, maybe look at another T20 captain, but at the moment it’s just Rohit,” he added.
India will host New Zealand for a three-match T20I series, starting from 17 November in Jaipur. Both teams will also play two Tests, in Kanpur and Mumbai.
The series will mark the beginning of Rahul Dravid’s reign as head coach of Team India, having been appointed as Ravi Shastri’s replacement earlier this month.