On Wednesday (December 8), the All India senior selection committee named Rohit Sharma as India’s ODI captain, succeeding Virat Kohli, who recently vacated the T20I captaincy following the conclusion of India’s performance at the 2021 T20 World Cup.

“The All-India Senior Selection Committee also agreed to select Mr Rohit Sharma as the Captain of the ODI and T20I teams moving ahead,” the BCCI tweeted alongside the announcement of India’s 18-man Test squad for the forthcoming three-match series against South Africa, which begins on December 26. In the shortest format, Rohit took over as captain from Kohli, who had declared his decision to stand down in order to better manage his workload. Kohli, on the other hand, has made it clear that he wants to continue guiding India’s ODI and Test teams. Unsurprisingly, the BCCI’s decision appeared to be more of a slap in the face than one that had Kohli’s blessing.

A day later, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said that he and the Chetan Sharma-led panel of selectors had spoken to Kohli about the possibility of having two different leaders in the different white-ball formats.

“It was a joint decision by the BCCI and the selectors. The BCCI had requested that Virat Kohli not step down as T20I captain, but he evidently refused. As cited by Times Now News, “the selectors did not feel it was proper to have two different leaders for two white-ball versions. As a result, it was decided that Virat would stay as Test captain, while Rohit would take over as white-ball captain. We have complete confidence in Rohit Sharma’s leadership ability, and Virat Kohli will continue to lead the Test team. We, the BCCI, are certain that Indian cricket will be well-served. The BCCI president continued, “We thank Virat Kohli for his services as skipper in the white-ball game.”

According to a GQ story, Rohit’s compensation from the BCCI will not alter. He, along with Kohli and bowler Japsrit Bumrah, get paid INR 7 crore annually for holding an A+ contract. Meanwhile, leadership is nothing new for Rohit, who has an unequaled record as the captain of Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, having led the team to five titles since taking over in 2013. In his limited experience as an international captain, he has amassed remarkable statistics, winning eight of the ten One-Day Internationals he has led the team to thus far, including the 2018 Asia Cup while filling in for Kohli. Rohit has 18 wins in 22 games in the shorter format, including three against New Zealand at home in his first series as full-time captain.