So all the talks about the new ODI captain have been put to rest and the one who speculated that Kohli will leave ODI captaincy and Rohit Sharma will be his deputy and that came out to be true as the All Indian Selection Committee confirmed Rohit Sharma will be new ODI skipper of Team India.
Rohit Sharma has been named as India’s new ODI captain, replacing Virat Kohli. pic.twitter.com/vtkq39tHBF
— ICC (@ICC) December 8, 2021
“I’ve been immensely proud of how the team has played. Now I think it’s time for the next lot to take this team forward. Obviously, Rohit is here and he’s overlooking (sic) (overseeing) things for a while now,” Kohli had said earlier when Rohit was named the T20I captain.
“It’s been an honour for me, I was given the opportunity and I tried to do my best. But it’s also time to create some space and move forward.”
This is a good choice taken by BCCI nothing to take away from Kohli’s brilliance as leader of ODI who have a winning percentage of 64 and with him now helming the responsibility of team India in white-ball format clearly indicates that BCCI is looking to win ICC trophies which India has failed to do in last 8 years as the last ICC trophy which Men in Blue lifted was Champions Trophy 2013.
India will be next locking horns against South Africa for a three-match Test and ODI series where the 1st test will start from December 26th, 2021 and Proteas has announced their 21 member squad where they have recalled their experienced players like Quinton De Kock, Anrich Nortje, and Kagiso Rabada.
India is looking strong at the points table in their overall ICC team rankings where they are sitting at number 1st position but the second cycle of World Test Championship rankings, they are placed at third position and with the full strength Indian squad have all the ability to beat South Africa in a Test series on their soil.