Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma has backed India’s ‘Hitman’ Rohit Sharma to take the Indian cricket team to new heights. However, he also admitted that the team has no better contenders other than Rohit Sharma to take over the captaincy after Virat Kohli in the longest format of the game.
Well, after Virat Kohli was sacked from the ODI captaincy last November, BCCI named Rohit Sharma as the new white-ball captain of the Indian cricket team. He was also named as India’s new vice-captain in the Test format, replacing Ajinkya Rahane.
Since Virat Kohli has now stepped down from the captaincy of India’s Test side as well, Rohit Sharma has emerged as the frontrunner to replace Kohli. However, there are a few more contenders for the captaincy role including KL Rahul.
But Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma believes that Rohit is the perfect replacement for Kohli as he features in all three formats of the game. He also highlighted Rohit Sharma’s experience of leading the Mumbai Indians team in the Indian Premier League. He said:
“I don’t think there is any contender apart from Rohit Sharma because there is no other player whose place is certain in all three formats. So I believe he is the better choice and he has done excellent captaincy in the IPL and whenever he has got a chance for the Indian team. I have full expectation that he will take the Indian team to newer heights,”
Further, Rajkumar talked about how the process of picking a team becomes easy if both the captain and the coach are on the same page. He also explained that the selectors should corporate with Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid. He said:
“Every captain has his own choice and every captain desires to get the players he wants and generally that happens as well. It becomes easy if Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid are on the same page, if the captain and coach want a particular team, the selectors feel it right to give them that team. This should happen also and I feel that will happen as well,”