According to Ian Chappell, Rohit Sharma is capable of managing the responsibility of India’s Test vice-captaincy. The former Australian captain dubbed the Indian opener “a renowned” leader in his most recent column.
Given current Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane’s recent dismal form, Ian Chappell suggests that the middle-order batsman may lose his place in the mighty Indian team.
According to the Australian legend, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, or Hardik Pandya might take Rahane’s No.5 spot.
Ian Chappell’s suggestions are based on his belief that India must find a method to put Ravichandran Ashwin, their best spinner, in their XI. However, the 77-year-old believes India will miss Ajinkya Rahane’s tactical advice and slip fielding to spinners.
“The only downside would be the loss of Ajinkya Rahane’s tactical input and his slip fielding to the spinners. Nevertheless, Rohit Sharma is now an acclaimed captain, and he’s capable of handling the vice-captaincy role,” Ian Chappell wrote in his ESPNCricinfo column.
In the absence of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane captained Team India in three Tests in Australia. After the team’s lowest moment, they were bowled out for a record-low 36 all out at Adelaide. He demonstrated tactical skill, leading India to a historic 2-1 triumph despite their injury woes.
Rohit Sharma, on the other hand, has a track record of success as a leader. He has won a record five IPL titles and guided India to eight out of ten ODI victories, including the Asia Cup.
Rohit Sharma has won 15 of his 19 T20Is as captain. In the bulk of his international outings as captain, he led second-string squads.
His first overseas tonne came in the Oval Test when he hit 127. He has taken over India’s best-ranked Test batsman from Virat Kohli and is presently ranked no. 5 in the format.