'He captained India in Asia Cup, they won without Kohli': Ganguly explains reasons for naming Rohit white-ball captain

The BCCI announced Rohit Sharma’s selection as India’s full-time white-ball captain earlier this week. After being selected as the T20I captain last month, the Indian opener was anointed the ODI captain on Wednesday. In addition, Rohit Sharma has been selected the Indian Test team’s vice-captain, succeeding Ajinkya Rahane.

Virat Kohli, the former limited-overs skipper, had stood aside from his leadership role in T20Is earlier this year, but reiterated in a statement that he was looking forward to captaining the team in ODIs and Tests. As a result, many people were surprised by the BCCI’s declaration, with Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma calling for more “transparency” in the board’s decision-making process.

Meanwhile, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said that Kohli had been asked not to step down as T20I captain before the World Cup, and that the selectors were uncomfortable with having two captains for ODIs and T20Is. In a separate interview, Ganguly explained why he chose Rohit Sharma as the team’s new captain. Rohit Sharma has good credentials as a limited-overs skipper, according to the BCCI President, who is also a former Indian captain.

“Of course,” he says. That is why he has the support of the selectors (on whether he is hopeful of Rohit leading the squad successfully). “I’m sure he’ll figure out a way to succeed, and I hope he does,” Ganguly told News18.

“His IPL (Mumbai Indians) record is incredible… he’s won five titles. He captained India at the Asia Cup a few years ago, which India also won, albeit without Kohli. It said a lot about the team’s strength that they were able to win a championship without him. As a result, he has enjoyed success in major tournaments. He has a good group of people working for him. So maybe they’ll all be able to turn things around,” BCCI President stated. Rohit Sharma is expected to take over as India’s captain in one-day internationals in January when the team travels to South Africa for a three-match away series.