The newly appointed captain of the Indian cricket team is all set to mark his presence in the ODIs. And on Saturday, Rohit Sharma addressed his first press conference as the ODI captain.
In this conference, he had to deal with all sorts of questions. The interviewers asked him about his team choice, keeping in mind the COVID-19 impact on the team, which called for a significant reshuffle in the team as Shreyas Iyer, Dhawan and Gaikwad were ruled unfit for the series.
Sharma managed to handle every question and replied to them according to their merit. This was until the reports pulled out the big guns and asked him about the role of Test captaincy.
Virat Kohli, who was earlier sacked as the limited over the captain, decided to step down from the limited over captaincy last month. This was a huge decision, and clearly, nobody had anticipated it. As things stand, the board of cricket control in India is yet to decide his successor.
The reporters, hoping that Sharma would have some insights, asked whether he would be the next test captain.
Rohit Sharma’s refuses to address the Test captaincy issue
Sharma seemed to be prepared for the question. In return, he replied, “There is time for that, let us just focus on limited overs, which is in front of us. My focus is only on the West Indies series, the three ODIs and three T20Is,” reports PTI.
Ever since Kohli’s decision of stepping down, several rumours have been floating around the internet. Even players like KL Rahul and Jasprit Bumrah have shown ardent interest in the role.
Some cricketing pundits believe that even Rishabh Pant can be named as captain. He is young and has enough experience to lead the team in the long run.
Rohit Sharma, however, dodged the question very cleverly. It is evident that he is looking forward to establishing himself as the captain of the Indian limited over the team before setting his eyes on the longest format.
He captained India in a T20I series before getting ruled out of the South African tour after an injury. Hence, he has not been able to represent India in the ODIs as a full-time captain and will be looking forward to replicating his T20I success.
India will take on West Indies for a three-match ODI series starting from Sunday.