Virat Kohli hinted towards Rohit Sharma becoming India’s next T20I captain before the toss against Namibia on Monday in Dubai, where he is leading the T20 team for the final time. India has already been knocked out of the semi-finals. While Rahul Dravid has been named as the next coach to replace Ravi Shastri, whose contract is coming to an end, the BCCI is yet to name the next T20I captain. Rohit Sharma, the current vice-captain, is the most likely candidate to succeed Virat Kohli, as he has guided Mumbai Indians to five IPL titles, the most in the tournament’s history.

Virat Kohli was asked about his final game as India’s T20I skipper on Monday. The 33-year-old stated that his T20I captaincy allows him to devote more time to other forms. He intimated that Rohit Sharma is still alive and will be “overlooking things for a while now” while stating that the next generation of players will take over Indian cricket.

“It’s been a privilege for me. I was given the chance, and I’ve tried my hardest. As I’ve already stated, it’s also time for me to clear some space and set some goals for the future. Regrettably, the smallest format of the route must make way for lengthier formats. I’ve been incredibly pleased with the team and grateful for the chance to lead the format for so long. It’s now up to the next generation to lead this team forward. Rohit is, of course, present. Virat Kohli stated at the toss, “He’s been overlooking things for a while now, and we’ll always be the leaders in the dressing room.”

Virat Kohli, who won the toss and opted to bowl first, revealed one change to India’s eleven that defeated Scotland: leg-spinner Rahul Chahar will replace Varun Chakravarthy in his maiden encounter of the tournament.