Former selector Kris Srikkanth feels that Rohit Sharma will be leading India in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024 after making a return to side for the series against Afghanistan.
Rohit made a return to the T20I team after a year-long hiatus and was given the captaincy role as well for the three-match series against Afghanistan.
Following the news of the squad announcement, Srikkanth said on his YouTube channel that he feels that all signs are pointing towards the opener leading the Indian team in the ICC event scheduled to take place in the West Indies and the USA during June this year.
“All signs suggest that Rohit Sharma is going to lead India in T20 World Cup. That’s how it’s going. The very fact that he is made captain nowâæ yes, Hardik Pandya is injured, Suryakumar Yadav, who was the deputy, is also not available due to injury. Jasprit Bumrah is also not there. Obviously, Rohit Sharma will be the captain.”
“See, Mumbai Indians making Hardik Pandya captain is the franchise’s choice. From the team selection, Rohit Sharma will only captain India in T20 World Cup in all probability. It’s moving toward that,” said Srikkanth.
Rohit Sharma wants to win a World Cup as a captain: Srikkanth
After missing out on the ODI World Cup, Srikkanth feels Rohit is determined to win the T20 one as a captain. The former selector also expects the opener to play with freedom during the IPL with the same attacking intent as he had displayed during last year’s ODI World Cup.
“Rohit will play with total freedom in the IPL. He will play attacking cricket, like he did in the World Cup. The wound of losing the World Cup is not over for him. If India had beaten Australia on November 19, things would have been different. He now wants to win a World Cup as a captain. A T20 World Cup is a World Cup at the end of the day. He would love to achieve it. Yes, 50-over World Cup is considered big, but if you win a T20 World Cup, you are still a World Cup-winning captain,” said Srikkanth.
Srikkanth concluded by saying Rohit wants to prove a point to himself and win a World Cup as captain.
“At the end of the day, he wants to prove a point to himself. He seems to be determined to win a World Cup as captain,” said Srikkanth.