Some fans and cricket experts have been pondering about it but no one has spoken about this on a public forum. However, Indian opening batsman Wasim Jaffer became the first player to address the issue of the possibility of handing over white ball captaincy to Rohit Sharma.
With a shocker of a defeat in the semi-finals of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against New Zealand, fans and experts who were not very impressed with Virat’s style of captaincy, have suddenly found a new voice.
Many Indian fans who have been absolutely disappointed with India’s unexpected exit at the semi-final stage feel that Rohit can be a brilliant replacement mainly because of his limited overs cricket captaincy records in Indian Premier League – where he is the only captain to win four titles and in the limited opportunities he got with the Indian team, mainly leading India to Asia Cup triumph.
Jaffer tweeted on Saturday and became perhaps the first public figure to have an opinion on this, “Is it time to hand over white ball captaincy to Rohit Sharma? I would like him to lead India in 2023 World Cup.”
Is it time to hand over white ball captaincy to Rohit Sharma?
I would like him to lead India in 2023 World Cup🏆
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) July 12, 2019
Virat Kohli and the team management have been at the receiving end of harsh reactions since India crashed out of the World Cup after experiencing an 18-run defeat against New Zealand in the first semifinal.
The Kiwis are now all set to play the hosts, England, for the titular clash at the iconic Lord’s stadium, London.
Notably, post India’s shocking exit from the semifinals, the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) will go on to review India’s performance in the coveted tournament in a meeting with Indian skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri. The focus will likely be on the selection decisions, handling of Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni’s batting position in the semifinal, which India lost.