Is everything really going well in Team India? These questions are arising because recent developments are pointing in this direction. Now India has two different captains in Tests and ODIs. Virat is now only the captain of the Test team, while Rohit Sharma has got the captaincy of ODIs along with T20. But call it coincidence or something else that Kohli is not playing under Rohit’s captaincy and Rohit Sharma is under Virat’s captaincy.
Actually, India has to tour South Africa this month. The tour is to begin with a Test series, then the turn of the ODI series will come. Rohit has been ruled out of the Test series due to a hamstring injury. Now news is coming that Virat Kohli will also not play in the ODI series, in which Rohit Sharma will captain. Kohli had already informed the BCCI that he would be on leave in the early weeks of January as his daughter Vamika’s first birthday would be during that time.
Hand hurt then hamstring became the reason
On Sunday, 34-year-old Rohit was hit in the hand while practicing on the throw down of team specialist Raghavendra alias Raghu. According to a senior BCCI source, even after this, Rohit batted. So we can assume that the injury was not serious. But it seems that after this chronic muscle injury emerges and it may take some time for him to be fully fit and available. It usually takes four weeks to recover from a muscle injury that has ruled him out of the Test series.
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Isn’t there a reason for captaincy?
Actually, Virat Kohli was not in a mood to leave the ODI captaincy yet. The news of Virat’s removal from the captaincy of T20 was also first published by our colleague Time of India. About three months after Virat left the T20 captaincy, the BCCI made Rohit Sharma the captain of ODIs in the past. The very next day, President Sourav Ganguly made a statement that he had told Kohli to step down from T20 captaincy. There has been no reaction from Cheeku on that statement so far.
battle of ego between superstars
On 13 September, the Times of India first reported the news of Virat’s removal from T20 captaincy. On the 16th, Virat himself stamped this news on social media. The relationship between Virat-Rohit can be seen for the last four years. Maintaining the atmosphere of the dressing room between these two superstars of Indian cricket will be no less than a challenge for the new head coach, Rahul Dravid. Even before this, the tussle between big players like Kapil Dev-Sunil Gavaskar, Mohammad Azharuddin-Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly-Rahul Dravid, MS Dhoni-Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir was well known.
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli