Rohit Sharma has been made the new ODI captain of Team India. Earlier, Rohit also got the captaincy of the Indian T20I team. And with this, the ‘Rohit era’ has also started. Team India’s tour of South Africa will be Rohit’s first assignment as a permanent ODI captain. Team India will play a three-match ODI series on this tour.
Team India ODI Captain Rohit Sharma Challenges
And with this will start Rohit’s challenges. There are many challenges ahead of the captain of Team India, and even Rohit will not be able to escape from them. So let us tell you what five challenges he will have to overcome before the Test of Rohit’s captaincy begins.
Shikhar Dhawan or KL Rahul
The biggest question is, who will be the partner of Rohit Sharma? Shikhar Dhawan or KL Rahul? Since 2013, Rohit and Dhawan have been opening for Team India. And have been successful. So far, the Rohit-Dhawan pair has opened for India in 110 innings. Added 4978 runs at an average of about 46. During this, both the batsmen shared 17 centuries and 15 half-centuries. Rohit-Dhawan is India’s most successful opening pair after Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar.
On the other hand, Rohit Sharma has batted in just 11 innings with KL Rahul. And during this, he has made five hundred partnerships with an average of 90. Rohit-Rahul has once scored a half-century partnership. This is the highest in any opening pair in terms of average. Now Rohit will decide with whom he has to open. Anyway, Shikhar Dhawan will be 38 years old by the 2023 ODI World Cup. In such a situation, Rahul’s upper hand seems heavy.
Who is number four?
For Team India, number four has been a puzzle for a long time. After the retirement of Yuvraj Singh, India did not get the perfect number four batsman. The management tried many players like Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer. But all of them were unsuccessful. These days the name of Suryakumar Yadav is coming forward at number four.
However, Surya has batted only in T20Is at number four. Before Surya, Iyer was batting at number four. Batting at this position, Shreyas Iyer has scored 463 runs in 12 innings at an average of 42. During this, he has scored one century and four half-centuries. Apart from Iyer, Pant has also been fed at number four. Scored 230 runs in eight innings at an average of 28. Only one fifty has been applied. In such a situation, Dravid and Rohit will have to decide who is their number four player.
Who is the finisher?
Hardik Pandya was seen as a finisher during Dhoni’s time. Hardik Pandya also fits in the role of a finisher. He also won some matches for the team on his own. But such matches are not very many. Pandya’s strike rate at number five is 124. And 111 at number six. However, his latest condition is that he is not getting a place in Team India. The name of Rishabh Pant in the role of finisher has also been discussed many times.
Batting at number five, Rishabh Pant has scored 254 runs in six innings. Average of 42 and strike rate of 147. Rishabh Pant becomes even more dangerous in the death overs. Moreover, the figures of Rishabh Pant are also better than that of Pandya. In such a situation, the management and captain Rohit will also decide their finisher.
Team India got 15 ODI series wins in 19 under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. Lost in just four ODI series. Kohli was captained in 95 ODIs. And got the victory in 65. Lost in just 27. Winning percentage of 70. Statistics show that under the captaincy of Kohli, Team India had a lot of dominance.
Now the challenge before Rohit is to handle Kohli’s legacy. However, Kohli will also be on the field, and Rohit can take inputs from him. But in this case, one more thing is worth seeing – the captaincy has been snatched from Kohli and given to Rohit. In such a situation, estrangement cannot be completely ruled out. It will also be a challenge for Rohit to handle Kohli now.
2023 ODI World Cup
Rohit Sharma – The biggest challenge in front of The Captain is to win the World Cup. Keeping in mind the 2023 World Cup, Rohit Sharma has been made the ODI captain. And before the ODI World Cup, Rohit has about 22 months left. At the same time, he has to prepare the team for the 2023 ODI World Cup. Before the ODI World Cup, Rohit also led Team India in the 2022 T20 World Cup held in Australia.
In a way, this is Rohit’s first and most significant assignment. Because he has not been made captain to win bilateral series. Kohli was doing this work in a better way. Rohit has ten months left for the T20I World Cup. It will be interesting to see that the expectation with which the BCCI has entrusted the responsibility to Rohit whether he can fulfil it or not. Because along with Kohli, this will be the last ODI World Cup for Rohit as well.