Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI

Rahul Dravid, the India head coach on Monday denied that his team has adopted split captaincy.

Since India’s unceremonious semifinal exit from the T20 World Cup 2022 last year, there is speculation over the future of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in the shortest format.

Rahul Dravid
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Rahul Dravid Isn’t Aware Of India Adopting Split Captaincy

The three have not featured in any T20 game since the World Cup semifinal against England in November, missing the series against New Zealand and Sri Lanka. They will also miss the three games against the Black Caps starting this week.

In Rohit Sharma’s absence, Hardik Pandya has led the Indian T20I side and is also seen as the front-runner to captain the team in the 2024 T20 World Cup.

Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma
Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma (Credits: Twitter)

“Not that I am aware of (India adopting split captaincy). That’s a question you need to ask the selectors but as of now, I don’t think so,” Rahul Dravid said at the pre-match press conference ahead of the 3rd ODI between India and New Zealand.

Earlier this month, Rahul Dravid himself had called for patience as the Indian T20 team goes through a rebuilding phase hinting that it could be the end of the road for the likes of veteran batters Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul.

Virat Kohli is the leading run-getter in the T20I format amassing 4008 runs in 115 T20Is averaging 52.74 with a ton (122*) which came in Asia Cup 2022. He is followed by Rohit Sharma.

Rohit Sharma Has Not Decided To Give Up The T20I Format

However, all-format skipper Rohit Sharma maintains that he hasn’t taken a call on his T20I future. He had scored 3853 runs in 148 T20Is averaging 31.33 with 4 tons. He had a poor T20 World Cup 2022, amassing just 116 runs in 6 T20Is averaging 19.33.

“We have three T20Is against New Zealand. We will see what happens after IPL. I have not decided to give up the format,” Rohit had said earlier this month.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma Photo Credit: (BCCI)

New Zealand had won the toss and elected to bat first in the 3rd ODI. The visitors made one change as Jacob Duffy came in place of Henry Shipley. Rohit Sharma rested pacers Mohammed Shami & Mohammed Siraj and brought in the speedster Umran Malik and the wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.

Rohit Sharma & Shubman Gill took the team to a flyer as India managed to score 82 runs in the power-play overs. Both the batters were toying with the bowlers as there was nothing significant in the pitch for the bowlers. India have lost 3 wickets but has crossed 250 runs in the 35th over at a run rate of 7.77. While Rohit Sharma scored 101, Shubman Gill scored 112.