Adding the most recent chapter to the Rohit Sharma’s India captaincy debate and defending Virat Kohli for Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) poor present within the Indian Premier League (IPL), former India opener Aakash Chopra on Friday mentioned that he did not see a change in captaincy of the Indian group.
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Chopra additionally questioned if Sharma would have received IPL titles if he had been main the RCB as a substitute of Kohli. By this, he defended Kohli for his group’s failure to win a single IPL title and his captaincy of the Indian group in all three codecs — Tests, One-day Internationals, and T20 Internationals.
“Gautam Gambhir [a former Delhi teammate of Chopra] believes that it is the nation’s misfortune if Rohit Sharma is not made the Indian T20I captain because he is the most successful captain in the IPL,” mentioned Chopra in a video shared on his Facebook web page.
“But I have a question, that if Rohit was given the RCB team, which is there with Kohli, will he have won two, three or four out of the five titles MI have won?” he questioned .
Sharma was initially dropped by the nationwide selectors for the tour of Australia, apparently because of health causes. Despite the supposed harm hamstring Sharma led Mumbai Indians (MI) to their fifth IPL title on Tuesday.
Later, surprisingly, the selectors modified their minds and picked Sharma for the four-match Test sequence towards Australia, to be performed in December-January. But they did not choose him for the ODI and T20 sequence that preceded the Tests.
“Rohit as a captain is outstanding, I love him to bits but can the Mumbai Indians’ success story be equated with India? That is my question. Just because Kohli’s team does not do well, does it mean that is Kohli’s fault,” mentioned Chopra.
Sharma has captained India in shorter codecs each time Kohli has been absent.
“They cannot make him the captain now however much you may try. I know it is not fair; I know it is tough. But this is what it is. It cannot happen now as there is a simple reason for that,” mentioned Chopra.
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“First of all, he is not going now, he is not even fit. There is a separate mystery going on there regarding when he will get fit. If he is fit on the 10th, why is he not fit for the 27th. Things are topsy-turvy at the moment,” he mentioned.
Chopra mentioned he does not see a change in India captaincy as of now.
“There are not too many T20 matches at the moment. Let us wait for some time, let us be cool, he cannot become the captain now. Kohli is the captain currently and I don’t feel that there is going to be a captaincy change in this team now,” he mentioned.