When the national selectors pick the big squad for the tour of South Africa later this week, Virat Kohli’s status as ODI captain, his Test deputy Ajinkya Rahane’s future as vice-captain in the longest format, and 100-Test man Ishant Sharma’s spot will be up for debate. Chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma, Abey Kuruvilla, and Sunil Joshi is in town to see the Mumbai Test, and they’ll meet with president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah later this week to make a few decisions that might have a big impact on Indian cricket.

India is scheduled to play three One-Day Internationals in South Africa, and the main concern currently is whether the country requires two white ball leaders, which could result in a battle of ideas. With the blue riband 2023 50-over World Cup just around the corner, there are louder voices in the BCCI hallways calling for only one white ball skipper – Rohit Sharma.

“As of now, it appears unlikely for Virat to retain his ODI captaincy,” a senior BCCI official told PTI. “However, since ODI isn’t vital this year with only a few matches here and there, one can consider delaying the decision. However, the other argument is that why do you want separate ideas for two formats when the majority of decision-makers believe Rohit is the man going forward and will have time to prepare a squad for the 2023 event,” he said.

Rahane and Pujara are set to keep their places, while Rohit Sharma will likely take over as vice-captain. There won’t be many surprises in coach Rahul Dravid’s first overseas assignment because he doesn’t want to upset the apple cart, thus Cheteshwar Pujara and Rahane will be boarding the Johannesburg flight right now.