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‘Rohit Sharma can be relieved from T20I captaincy’- Sehwag makes a bold statement on Indian selectors and team management

Virender Sehwag

India’s limited-overs team is currently on a tour of Ireland to play two-match T20I series. The team is there to play under the leadership of the star all-rounder Hardik Pandya with most of the senior players currently in England. The team made a good start in the series with an emphatic win of seven wickets in the first T20I.

Rohit Sharma is in England to lead the team during the rescheduled fifth Test against the hosts. The former Indian opener, Virender Sehwag has come up with a big statement on Rohit’s captaincy in the white-ball format. He stressed the fact that Rohit’s workload should be managed by the Indian team management. He also said that selectors are supposed to look into it.

It will allow Rohit to take breaks and rejuvenate himself – Virender Sehwag

Prior to the 2022 edition of the Indian T20 League, Rohit had to miss the tour of South Africa due to an injury. After that, he was also rested for the five-match T20I home series against South Africa. Now, the 35-year-old is supposed to lead the Indian side in the fifth and last Test match of the series against England.

“If the Indian team management has someone else in mind as captain in the T20 format, then I think, Rohit (Sharma) could be relieved and the following can be taken into consideration going forward,” Sehwag was quoted as saying to the news agency PTI.

“One, that would allow Rohit to manage his workload and mental fatigue, given his age. Two, once someone new is appointed as captain in T20s, it would also allow Rohit to take breaks and rejuvenate himself to lead India in both Tests and ODIs,” The former batting veteran added later.

Former Delhi captain also backed Rohit Sharma by saying that he is the best and only option for the team India to lead the team in all the formats if management wants to go with the same policy of having one captain in all formats.

“If the Indian think-tank still wants to pursue the same policy, which is, to let one man leading India in all the three formats, then I still believe Rohit Sharma is the best man for it,” the 47-year-old concluded his remarks.


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