Rohit Sharma had made it clear to the selectors that he would not accept only the T20 captaincy. Only if the full white-ball responsibility was committed to him, would he accept the leadership role. Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed on Wednesday that the experienced opener had finally succeeded Virat Kohli as India’s ODI captain (December 8).

Kohli, who stepped down as India’s T20I captain after the T20 World Cup last month, has previously stated that he will continue to lead the national side in the other two formats. However, ahead of the team’s forthcoming tour of South Africa, he was stripped of his ODI captaincy. The selectors preferred one skipper for both ODIs and T20Is, according to BCCI president Sourav Ganguly. As a result, Rohit was assigned the responsibility.

“We had asked Virat Kohli not to step down as T20 captain, but he refused to do so. As a result, the selectors decided that two white-ball captains in two white-ball formats were incompatible. ESPNcricinfo cited Ganguly as stating, “That’s too much leadership.” Cricbuzz Plus stated that, contrary to Ganguly’s allegation, it was Rohit who insisted on taking up the captaincy in both ODIs and T20Is.

According to sources, Rohit was batting with Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, and Ajinkya Rahane in Mumbai around the time the selectors gathered to choose him as the ODI captain. He might not have been aware of the meetings’ times. He has previously stated that if the selectors want him to head the T20I team, he should be awarded the ODI captaincy. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma, the only skipper to win the Indian Premier League (IPL) five times, is in charge. In the absence of Kohli, he has already led the national team to success. In fact, after leading India to victory in the 2018 Asia Cup, Rohit openly stated that he is willing to assume the reins full-time.

“Absolutely… We just won, so I’m all set. I’ll be ready whenever the time arises,” he remarked following his victory in Dubai. For the event, Kohli had taken a break.