In Indian cricket, a new era has begun with the appointment of Rohit Sharma as the country’s new captain in white-ball cricket, succeeding Virat Kohli. As a result of Kohli’s decision to stand aside from his position as T20I captain post the T20 World Cup. This was all over the cricket news, as the seasoned opener was elevated to the place. Kohli said he would continue to captain the national side in the other two formats, one-day internationals (ODIs) and tests.
This week, a bombshell was dropped when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that Rohit would be the subsequent one-day international (ODI) skipper. The 34-year-old has also been promoted to India’s Test vice-captain, with Ajinkya Rahane being demoted from the position. This was due to his performances with the cricket bat.
According to reports, the rupture between Kohli and the BCCI was significant in this decision. To this far, Rohit has dismissed any rumours by declaring that the conversations are ‘immaterial.
Rohit has also emphasised that he would not let the outside noise impact his mood or performance. “Any time you are representing your country in cricket, the pressure is always going to be tremendous. There will always be some strain on you. There will be a lot of people talking about it, whether they are favourable or negative about it,” Rohit remarked in a video posted on Twitter by the BCCI.
I must remain focused on my job: Rohit Sharma says in a recent interview after being named the next captain
“For me as a cricketer, it is critical to concentrate on my job and not on what other people are saying because you have no control over that. I have said it a million times. I will continue to say it until someone listens. This is also the same message that has been sent to the squad, and the team is aware that when they are competing in a high-profile event, there will be a lot of discussions,” he said.
In addition, the dashing batter said that he would make every effort to keep the dressing room in a positive environment. “It is just as crucial for us to concentrate on what we have in front of us, which is to go out and win games while playing in the manner that you are renowned for. As a result, the conversations outside are unimportant. It is more essential what we think of one other than anything else. A strong link between players is desired, and this is what will assist us in achieving the target we set for ourselves,” the Indian limited overs captain said.
The comments that were made by the Mumbai Indians skipper were quite subtle after he took charge of the Men In Blue
There is a lot to do with regards to this generation of Indian cricketers, who will want to win a major international trophy. Under the guidance of Virat Kohli, they have done really well in the Test department. However, they will want to make an impression by winning a tournament in the next 2-3 years.
The T20 World Cup will be a focal point for this Indian side. Followed by that, the 50-over World Cup and the upcoming tournaments are also crucial. Keeping that in mind, Team India will be focused on leaving their mark and that is why the new skipper has been appointed. Whether Rohit Sharma can deliver or not, like he has done domestically, will be a different matter in itself.
To add to that, he will want the full support of his team, including skipper Virat Kohli, who has not been doing that great with the bat. He has been out-of-form in recent months and will want to get back to his very best if he wants to retain his place in the side in all three formats of the game. It could just be a case of where the pressure is taken off his shoulders and he starts to fire again.
Whether that is the actual case or not and does it produce the needed results, remains to be seen. For now, a positive step has been taken by the BCCI to bring in a new skipper with the new coaching staff and head coach. Now, it is time for Rahul Dravid and co. to prove a point and win something.