Ever since Virat Kohli announced that he would step down as captain of the Indian T20I after the T20 World Cup, it was only a matter of time before Rohit Sharma was announced as his successor. Vice Captain Rohit replaced Virat with his duties as captain during important tournaments such as the Nidahas Trophy and Asia Cup in 2019, in addition to being a five-time IPL captain with Mumbai Indians.
Meanwhile, there were reports that Rishab Pant and K.L. Rahul could be contenders given that they are relatively and can be prepared for a future long-term captain, but those assumptions were dispelled on Wednesday when BCCI officially declared Rohit T20I captain. series against New Zealand.
Reacting to Rohit’s appointment as captain, former Pakistani station wagon and skipper Shahid Afridi said he had anticipated the announcement. Playing alongside Rohit in the first edition of the IPL back in 2008, Afridi said that Rohit should definitely try out as India’s staff captain and he expects to see two different sides of the new T20I team captain.
“As for Rohit, it was at stake. I played with him for a year (at Deccan Chargers). He’s an outstanding player with an amazing range of shots. He stays relaxed when needed and shows anger when needed. Good. We will see both sides. As I said, this transition to the position of captain had to take place. He should definitely be given a chance, ”Afridi said on Samaa TV.
Afridi weighed in on the role of outgoing captain Virat Koli, saying that it would not be a bad idea for the star Indian batter to give up captaincy in all formats and focus on his fight. Afridi believes that being the captain of the Indian cricket team is not an easy task with all his usual thoroughness, and giving up the captaincy will help Kohli to enjoy the game more.
“I think Virat must decide to continue playing only as a player. The pressure will be relatively less, he also played a lot of cricket. He will love his cricket and hitting the ball because it is not easy to lead a team, especially in countries like India. and Pakistan. “As long as you own the capital well, everything goes smoothly,” Afridi added.