Monty Panesar, former England spinner feels Hitman Rohit Sharma should replace current skipper Virat Kohli as the captain for Team India in T20Is. Virat Kohli’s leadership is once again under the scanner after India’s loss in the recently-concluded World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand.
Several former cricketers and experts of the fraternity believe India should look at split captaincy across formats to take some burden off Virat Kohli’s shoulder and give someone else a chance to lead the side. Rohit Sharma’s name often comes up in the headlines whenever there is a debate surrounding split captaincy for Team India.
Monty Panesar: T20 Captaincy Probably Should Be Given To Rohit Sharma
Many believe the Hitman is ideal to lead India in the shortest format of the game. The latest to back Rohit Sharma for T20I captaincy is former England spinner Monty Panesar, who believes his record as captain in IPL for Mumbai Indians makes him a deserving candidate for the top job. Under him, MI won 5 titles, unlike Virat Kohli whose RCB is yet to bag even one.
Monty Panesar feels India should replace Virat Kohli with Rohit Sharma as captain in T20Is before the upcoming T20 World Cup scheduled to take place this year. Rohit Sharma has also inspired the team in Virat Kohli’s absence to memorable triumphs in Asia Cup and Nidahas Trophy, besides leading Mumbai Indians to an unprecedented five IPL titles.
“Well I think T20 captaincy probably should be given to Rohit Sharma, he does really well for Mumbai Indians,” Monty Panesar told CricBouncer.
“You know Virat Kohli is under pressure here because if his team doesn’t perform in the five-match series against England and loses ICC T20 World Cup 2021 then you know what will happen,” Monty Panesar added.
Virat Kohli’s India will be up for a stern test in the upcoming five-match Test series against England which gets underway in August this year. India had endured a 4-1 defeat in the Test series on their last tour of England in 2018 and will be hoping to register their first Test triumph on English soil since 2007 when they take on Joe Root-led England next month. England’s team will be boosted by the probable return of the likes of Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, and Moeen Ali.
Virat Kohli Wants To Bring In The Right People Having The Right Mindset To Perform After WTC Final Loss
Earlier, skipper Virat Kohli had hinted at changes in the Test team after India’s defeat in the WTC final and had said he would like to bring in people with the right mindset who can perform for the side in pressure situations.
“We will not wait for a year or so and have to plan ahead. If you see our white-ball team now, we have great depth and guys are ready and confident. The same thing needs to be done with Test cricket. You have to reassess and replan and understand what dynamics work for the team and how we can be fearless. Bring in the right people who have the right mindset to perform,” Kohli said at the post-match presser after the WTC final.
Cheteshwar Pujara is under the most pressure to retain his place in XI as he scored eight runs off 54 balls in the first innings and following that with 15 off 80 deliveries in the second innings. He may be dropped for the next 5 match Test series against England after a poor performance with the bat and in the field and may be replaced by the likes of KL Rahul, Hanuma Vihari, and Mayank Agarwal.