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“Will Rohit Sharma Retire From T20Is?” - Hitman Answers

“Will Rohit Sharma Retire From T20Is?” - Hitman Answers

India skipper Rohit Sharma confirmed that he has no plans of immediate retirement from T20Is or stepping away from the shortest format just because it isn’t the preferred one this year from the team’s perspective.

The T20Is will take a backseat as far as the senior and all-format players are concerned because 2023 will see India host the ODI World Cup, while every Test series is also crucial with respect to the World Test Championship.

Because of resting and injury, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli haven’t played a single T20I after the T20 World Cup 2022 semi-final exit. There have been reports and rumors of the BCCI deciding to drop Sharma from T20Is and make Hardik Pandya the full-time captain in view of the 2024 T20 WC.

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Rohit Sharma made it clear that he hasn’t yet decided to move away from the shortest format.

When asked about his T20I future in the press conference on Monday, Rohit replied, “I have not given up on T20 cricket.”

Hardik Pandya led the T20I side in New Zealand and against Sri Lanka and won both the series with second-string squads against almost full-strength opponents, and is touted to take over from Sharma in the shortest format.

This ODI series against Sri Lanka is a comeback series for Sharma, who missed the Bangladesh Tests and the Sri Lanka T20Is due to a thumb injury.

Not just Rohit and Kohli, but the BCCI and selectors are also reported to be axing KL Rahul and Mohammed Shami from T20Is following two back-to-back disappointments in T20 World Cups.

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It will become clearer when the squad for the New Zealand T20I series is announced.

“Unfortunately, they won’t be picked or considered for NewZealand series. It’s not about they being dropped or anything, we feel we need to move and prepare the team for future. Finally, it is selectors who will have to take the decision & speak to the concerned,” a BCCI official told InsideSport.

“Every team has a short-term and long-term plan. ODI World Cup is our short-term plan. T20 WC is of course the long-term plan. The cycle has already begun. But we won’t get as many T20s this year to keep preparing for the WC. Instead, we have to look for opportunities where we can to prepare the team. If you look at the current squad, it’s the right mix. We only need experience in bowling. In two years, they will get there,” the official added.