Batting great Sunil Gavaskar wants opener Rohit Sharma to lead India in the next two World Cups, replacing current Virat Kohli, who will step down as T20 captain after the World Cup next month.
Earlier this month, Kohli announced that he would step down as captain of the team in the T20 format at the end of the World Cup in the UAE and Oman from October 17 to November 14.
Although the BCCI has not announced a new captain for the T20 squad, Rohit has been widely advised to take charge of the regime.
“I think of Rohit Sharma (as captain) for the next two World Cups,” Gavaskar said on Star Sports ‘Cricket Linked’.
Rohit has been Kohli’s white ball assistant since 2017.
Gavaskar added, “They (the World Cups) can be said to repeat, one starting in a month and the other exactly one year. Quite clearly, yes, you do not want to change too many captains at this particular point.
“Rohit Sharma will definitely be my choice for the captaincy of the Indian team for these two T20 World Cups.”
Rohit led India to the Nitahas Trophy T20 tournament and the one-day format of the 2018 Asian Cup.
He is the most successful captain with five trophies for the Mumbai Indians in IPL history.
Speaking of the vice-captaincy of the Indian T20 team, legendary Gavaskar Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul and Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Bandh are the two best choices in the coming seasons.
“… Then, I see KL Rahul as the vice-captain.
“I keep Rishabh Punt in mind because he was very smart in the way he led a star team Delhi team and the bowling changes he made in the T20 format, using the likes of Nordje and Rabada. It really shows a street-smart captain.
“You always want a street-smart captain who can read situations and act immediately. So yes, I see both Rahul and Bandh as vice-captains.
Named the DC captain for the IPL 2021 season following the injury of regular captain Shreyas Iyer, Bandh has so far played 11 matches and led his team to 8 wins.
India is scheduled to officially host the upcoming World Cup, which will be held in the UAE and Oman due to the Kovit-19 situation in India.
The 2020 T20 World Cup is set to take place next year in Australia, which has been canceled due to a global epidemic.
India will host the 2023 ICC ODI World Cup.
Rohit on Wednesday stressed that he would do everything possible to make history again by winning the T20 World Cup starting October 17.
The smallest design show, which India won for the first time under Mahendra Singh Dhoni in 2007, is set to launch in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from October 17.
“This @icc # T20WorldCup is going to give everything to each of us to make history again. We are coming for it. India, we will do it. I am #InItToWinIt,” Rohit, who was part of the team that won the title in South Africa in 2007, said in an Instagram post.
Recalling the victory in the opening edition of the competition, the 34-year-old wrote: “Sep 24, 2007, Johannesburg. The day a billion dreams came true. Who would have thought then that a relatively inexperienced, young team like ours would make history !!
“It’s been 14 years, we’ve come a long way, we’ve made many more histories, we’ve had setbacks, we’ve fought, but it hasn’t broken our minds because we will never give up. We give everything !!!
Rohit, who currently leads the Mumbai Indians in the IPL, will be a key member of India’s formidable batting line-up alongside captain Virat Kohli.
Rohit has amassed 2,864 runs in 111 T20 internationals at an average of 32.54 with the help of 4 centuries and 22 fifties.