Rohit Sharma named new India T20 cricket captain

Star batsman replaces Virat Kohli as India’s cricket board publicizes the squad for upcoming tour by New Zealand.

Rohit Sharma has been named the brand new captain of India’s T20 facet, changing Virat Kohli, the cricket board stated after the facet had been dumped out of the World Cup.

The Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) on Tuesday tweeted that the 34-year-old opening batsman was “named the T20I Captain for India” because it introduced the squad for an upcoming tour by New Zealand. Fellow opener KL Rahul has been named Rohit’s deputy.

Kohli, who took over T20I captaincy in 2017, had introduced his determination to step down in September, citing his “immense workload”. He stays the skipper of the one-day and Test groups.

The announcement follows information that former batting legend Rahul Dravid was changing Ravi Shastri as coach for all codecs following the World Cup, the place India did not qualify for the semi-finals.

The right-handed Sharma, identified for his onerous hitting, made his debut in 2007 for the nationwide group, initially taking part in restricted overs cricket earlier than being included within the Test group in 2013.

Sharma additionally captained the Mumbai Indians to victory within the Indian Premier League (IPL) 5 occasions. Royal Challengers Bangalore, led by Kohli, have by no means gained the title.

Kohli was additionally not named within the T20 squad for the New Zealand tour to provide the batsman time to relaxation. Also ignored had been tempo bowlers Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, in addition to bowling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.

The tour by New Zealand begins on November 17 with the primary of three T20 video games adopted by two Test matches.

The selectors have made a number of adjustments to the squad featured within the United Arab Emirates, bringing within the likes of Ruturaj Gaikwad, Venkatesh Iyer, Avesh Khan and Harshal Patel whereas dropping all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

The first T20 is scheduled for Jaipur on November 17, adopted by video games in Ranchi on November 19 and Kolkata on November 21.

Cricket - ICC Cricket World CupIndia’s Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant in motion as England’s Jos Buttler appears on throughout the ICC Cricket World Cup event in Birmingham, UK [File: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers]

Sharma has performed 116 T20 worldwide matches, scoring 3029 runs and averages over 32. He has amassed 9205 runs in 227 ODIs and 3047 from 43 Test matches at a median of nearly 47.

India confronted sharp criticism at home over their dismal efficiency within the T20 World Cup, together with their humiliating defeat by the hands of arch-rival Pakistan in addition to New Zealand.

But Shastri stated on Monday after his final recreation in cost after 5 years that the present group was “one of the great cricket teams in the history of the game”.

“We might not have won this World Cup, but I think going forward we’ll continue to have a strong team because the IPL throws a lot of young players into the mix. Rahul (Dravid) will have his own ideas on how to take this team forward,” Shastri stated.

“I think in Rohit you’ve got a very capable guy. He’s won so many IPLs. He’s the vice-captain of this side. He’s waiting in the wings to take that job,” Shastri added.

Kohli tweeted on Monday: “Together as one we set out to achieve our goal. Unfortunately, we fell short and no one is more disappointed than us as a side.”

“The support from all of you has been fantastic and we are grateful for it all. We will aim to come back stronger and put our best foot forward.”


Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj