Kohli wanted Rohit Sharma to be removed from ODI vice-captaincy

According to recent reports, Virat Kohli, who declared his desire to step down as Team India’s T20I captain after the 2021 T20 World Cup, has advised the BCCI selection committee to remove his deputy Rohit Sharma from his role as India’s white-ball vice-captain.

Due to Rohit Sharma’s age of 34, Kohli wanted KL Rahul to be chosen India’s vice-captain in ODIs and Rishabh Pant in T20Is, according to reports. Meanwhile, in his tweet announcing his decision to step down as T20I captain after the World Cup, Kohli revealed that the choice took him “a long time” to come to after consulting his “close people, Ravi bhai, and also Rohit.”

“Virat was well aware that he would lose his white ball captaincy. If the squad does not perform well at the UAE World T20, he will be out of white ball leadership for good. He just took off a little bit of burden on himself because he appears to be there on his own terms. If the performance in T20 falls off a cliff, it might not happen till 50 overs,” a BCCI insider said.

So, don’t be surprised if the BCCI decides to relieve Kohli of his 50-over captaincy in the near future. This is Indian cricket, and fortunes change faster than anyone can keep up with. In the event of a trophy-less T20 World Cup, Kohli may be forced to play 50-over cricket as a pure batsman.

Even in the dressing room, Kohli’s deputy Rohit Sharma is regarded as a “leader” who has effectively learned to lead a young group of players, having done it year after year for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.

Virat Kohli, according to the BCCI official, is never available for conversation. “In the case of MS (Dhoni), his room would be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and players could just stroll in, play PS4, have a meal, let their hair down, and discuss cricket if necessary… Kohli is effectively cut off from the rest of the world.”

“Rohit possesses MSD-like characteristics, but in a different way. He takes the younger players out to eat, gives them a nice slap on the back when they’re down, and knows everything there is to know about a player’s mental makeup.”