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Virat Kohli had clearly stated before the commencement of the ICC T20 WC itself he plans on quitting T20I captaincy post this marquee event. This news took the world by storm. Kohli has been one of the most successful captains for India in the shortest format of the game. He is one of the few captains to have won a T20I series against the top 5 teams in their own den. However, with Kohli leaving T20I captaincy, the new leader needs to do justice to his role. There have been various speculations on the new captain being either of Rohit Sharma or KL Rahul. However, The coach Ravi Shastri who is all set to wmd his tenure has more or less confirmed that Rohit Sharma is going to be the T20I skipper of India henceforth.

“I think it’s not such a bad thing because of the bubble and the amount of cricket being played. The players need to be rotated around and given the space, they need to spend some time with their families, see their parents. As I said, when a guy doesn’t go home for six months, he might have his family with him, but if he’s got parents and other family and you don’t get a chance to see them, it’s not easy at all. So I think it’s not such a bad thing. I think in Rohit you’ve got a very capable guy, he’s won so many IPLs and he’s the vice-captain of this side. He’s ready in the wings to take that job.” Shastri said in a virtual press conference on Monday after India beat Namibia by 9 wickets in their last T20 World Cup match. Thus, it seems as if Rohit looks all set to take the captaincy in the shortest format of the game. “And as far as the T20 team goes, I think we’ll always have a strong team. We might have not won a World Cup but going forward you’ll continue to have a very strong team because the IPL throws a lot of young players into the mix. You know, Rahul will have his own ideas on how to take this team forward and I see it still being a very good team.” He continued. Rohit Sharma has been the most successful captain in IPL history. He has won 5 trophies. Another important point to be noted is the fact that he also won a trophy in Sri Lanka as well.

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Nevertheless, Shastri further spoke about Kohli and decision to quit T20I captaincy. “I think it’s not such a bad thing because of the bubble and because of the amount of cricket being played. The players need to be rotated around and given the space they need to spend some time with their families, see their parents. Like I said, when a guy doesn’t go home for six months, he might have his family with him, but if he’s got parents and other family and you don’t get a chance to see them, it’s not easy at all,” he said.

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