New Delhi: Virat Kohli, who has been a part of the Indian cricket team for a long time, is reportedly set to replace Virat Kohli with one of his three caps. Rohit refuses, loses his place in the team and something completely unexpected happens. In that case, KL Rahul is more likely. Kohli’s decision to step down as Twenty20 captain comes amid rumors circulating for a week that he will be handing over the captaincy in the limited overs matches to Rohit Sharma.
Earlier, Kohli had announced on social media that he would step down as captain of the team after the World Cup, which starts on October 17 in the UAE and Oman. He will continue to captain the Test and ODI teams.
Rohit Sharma became the first player in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to win five titles, one as a player for the now-defunct Deccan Chargers in 2009 and four while leading Mumbai Indians (MI) to triumph in every alternate year since 2013. On Sunday, MI defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by one run in a last-ball thriller in Hyderabad to win the IPL for a record fourth time. Record-setting skipper Rohit Sharma, however, declines to pick the most special one out of all five. “Oh, I forgot that (title with DC). Yeah it is five. It’s so tough to take one out of the five. You see IPL is a very tough tournament to win. So I am not going to pick one. One with DC and four with MI, we’ve had exceptional seasons,” an elated Rohit Sharma said after the match.
“I can’t really pick one because every season has its own challenge. For me, all five, I will cherish and remember, and not pick one,” he added.
In the final over, Rohit was well aware of Shardul Thakur’s range of shots and that’s why he wanted Lasith Malinga to bowl a slower delivery, which turned out to be a masterstroke in the thrilling IPL final.
Rohit had kept the on-side open to lure Shardul and then Malinga’s slow in-dipper tailed in to catch Shardul plumb in front as MI beat CSK by one run in a pulsating final.
Having played first-class cricket for Mumbai with Shardul, Rohit knew how to bring about the youngster’s downfall.
“The idea was to get the batsman out. So I know Shardul really well. I kind of understand where he wants to hit, so we decided together (Malinga and him) that we’ll go for that slower option, because knowing Shardul, he would try to play a big shot and there might be a chance that he might just sky it. Again, it could have gone either way,” Rohit said.
Rohit was ready to carry the cross had the decision to use Malinga backfired but had a gut feeling that the Sri Lankan will be able to pull it off like Mitchell Johnson did in the 2017 IPL final. Malinga repaid the faith his skipper showed in him defending nine runs off the final over.
“When the decision comes off, it looks all nice. It can backfire also. At that stage, I wanted to go with experience, with somebody who has been in such situation before. And Malinga has been in that situation a million times. So we backed him to do that,” the four-time IPL champion skipper said at the post-match media interaction.
The situation was eerily similar to Rohit had faced in the 2017 final when MI beat the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiants by one run in another thrilling finish.
Then it was former Australian pacer Johnson, who defended 11 runs in the final over to pull-off a one-run victory.
Rohit Sharma led from the front with a blistering 68 from 51 balls as Mumbai Indians powered their way to a fifth Indian Premier League title with a comprehensive five-wicket win over Delhi Capitals in the final.
Rohit, who was going through a rough patch with the bat, returned to form at the right time to make things easy for Mumbai in the summit clash. He shared crucial 45-run partnerships with both Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav. And later joined hands with Ishan Kishan to take MI to a comfortable position with a 47-run stand. The southpaw remained not out on 33 runs off 19 balls and took MI to finish line alongside Krunal Pandya, who scored the winning run
The Mumbai captain was in supreme form as he reached his half-century from 36 balls and by the time he was dismissed in the 17th over, his side needed less than a run-a-ball.
I have had a lot of responsibility and hard work for 8–9 years in all 3 formats of cricket, as a member of the Indian team and as a captain for five or six years. I am stepping down as the Twenty20 captain to focus more on Test and ODI duties. The decision was taken in consultation with coach Ravi Shastri and senior player Rohit Sharma. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah were informed about this. He will continue to be a member of the Twenty20 team, “Kohli said in a press release.
It has been a while since the demand for Kohli Rohit to be made ODI and Twenty20 captain. Proponents of Rohit point to his excellent record as the captain of the Mumbai Indians in the IPL and as an interim captain in international matches. Rohit, who has led the Mumbai Indians to five IPL titles, has also led India to the Asia Cup and Nidahas Trophy.
But Kohli has yet to win an IPL title. Series victories in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, England and the West Indies are some of India’s best Twenty20 achievements under Kohli. Even when the Kohli-Rohit ‘friendly match’ broke the stage among the fans, the BCCI did not think of a ‘double captain’ system. In the end, it was Kohli himself who made the decision. While coach Ravi Shastri and Rohit said that his decision was made in consultation with Kohli, Kohli had indirectly handed over the captaincy to Rohit.