India’s Next Test Captain: Former Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli has resigned as India’s Test captain following the heartbreaking Test series loss to South Africa. After Virat’s shocking move, there has been a constant debate over who will replace Captain Kohli as the next Test captain.
BCCI had appointed Rohit Sharma as vice-captain of the India Test team ahead of the Indian tour to South Africa, many cricket fans and pundits are of the view that the Indian team skipper should also be named test team captain.
However, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar doesn’t share the same opinion as he explained why it wouldn’t be a good idea to appoint Rohit Sharma as Test team captain.
“The problem with Rohit is that he has fitness issues. So you need a player who stays fit and is available for all games. If you remember Angelo Mathews from Sri Lanka had the same problem with the hamstrings. And with that, when you try to run fast or take a fast single, the injury comes back,” Gavaskar said on Sports Tak.
“If that were to happen, you might have to appoint someone else as captain, so it’s better to pick a player who has external injuries instead. But with Rohit, that regular injury cycle is why I doubt him. That’s why I think only a player who plays in all formats should be made captain.”
After a 2-1 defeat in the three-game Test series, the Indian team managed by KL Rahul will now face Proteas in an ODI series, starting January 19 in Paarl.