Should Rohit Sharma lead India in T20Is: The former Indian all-rounder opened up about split captaincy in the Indian team.
Much like current India coach Ravi Shastri, former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh also believes that batsman Rohit Sharma should have opened in Test matches from a long time ago. In a latest interview with Aaj Tak, Yuvraj hoped that the team management will give Sharma adequate chances at the top of the order.
“If you ask me, Rohit Sharma should have opened in Tests from the beginning of his career. You play him one match and then drop him and say Rohit Sharma is not scoring runs in Test cricket. How can you expect someone to perform without giving him 10 Test?
“Now if you are making Rohit Sharma open in Tests, you should give him 6 Tests and tell him Rohit, you have got 10-12 innings, go and play your game, nobody will say anything. You gave so many chances to KL Rahul, so whoever is your opener, give him those 6 Test matches so that he can go and express his game,” Yuvraj was quoted as saying.
Should Rohit Sharma lead India in T20Is
There have been numerous calls of Sharma being promoted from being a deputy to a captain in T20Is. Sharma’s unmatched record as captain in the Indian Premier League makes it difficult for people to understand as to why Virat Kohli still leads the T20I team.
Being asked about the concept of split captaincy in the Indian team, Yuvraj left the decision on the team management but didn’t completely rule out Sharma being given responsibility.
“Earlier there were only two formats so it was easy for a captain to manage. If the load on Virat [Kohli] is more than maybe they should try a different captain for the shorter formats.
Of course the bigger news is that Rohit Sharma will be the opening. At this stage of his career, this could be make-or-break as far as Tests go
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“Rohit has done a fairly good job. I don’t really know. They have to decide that how much workload Virat can take. It completely depends on how they want to go for the future. It is completely team management’s call,” Yuvraj said.
Before announcing retirement from international cricket in June, Yuvraj had played his last season of the IPL under Sharma for Mumbai Indians. Yuvraj’s desire of Sharma opening and leading is currently holding true as the 32-year old cricketer is currently leading the Board’s President XI against South Africa in Vizianagaram.