Rohit Sharma Vs Virat Kohli: A Statistical Comparison Of Their Individual Captaincy Records
The upcoming T20 World Cup could mark the end of Virat Kohli’s reign as the captain of India’s international white-ball cricket teams.
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma is expected to take over from the incumbent leader, who reportedly wants to focus on his batting responsibilities in the near future.
Virat Kohli to remain captain of all the 3 formats. The BCCI treasurer said the BCCI hasn’t discussed anything on split captaincy. (To IANS).
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 13, 2021
Kohli (32), who currently leads the team across all formats and is India’s most successful captain ever, is learned to have taken the call to share leadership responsibilities with Sharma (34), reports the Times of India.
Kohli’s Lean Patch
Kohli has set his eyes on improving his returns with the bat, especially with the two World Cups – T20 (in 2022) and ODI (in 2023) lined up for the next couple of years.
The current skipper’s recent batting woes are not lost to anyone. His red-ball average has been below 30 this year, in complete contrast with the lofty standards that he has set for himself in the last decade or so.
A front page report in #TOI says @imVkohli is likely to step down as the white-ball (#ODI & #T20) captain after #T20WorldCup. #Kohli is keen to focus on his batting & captaining in #Tests. @ImRo45 is likely to be white-ball skipper after #T20WC.
— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) September 13, 2021
After giving away some quality starts even in England, he has now gone more than 24 months without an international hundred.
In fact, for the first time in almost four years, Kohli is not his side’s top-rated Test batsman. He was usurped by his purported heir Rohit Sharma at number five, who was undoubtedly India’s best batsman during the tour to England.
There’s no denying Virat Kohli’s success as India’s white-ball captain, despite being unable to win a single ICC tournament since taking over from MS Dhoni full-time in 2017. He has led the team to 65 wins out of 95 ODIs, and 29 of 45 T20Is as the skipper.
Under Sharma’s captaincy on the other hand, India has an 80% win record in 10 ODIs and around 80% in 19 T20Is, as well.
“Virat Kohli The Batsman I give 5.5 out of 10 and Virat Kohli The Captain 8 out of 10 in this Test Series against England.” – Harsha Bhogle (In Cricbuzz)
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) September 12, 2021
A fairer comparison of their leadership capabilities though, can only be done through their Indian Premier League (IPL) records. Sharma’s Mumbai Indians have a success rate of almost 70% in comparison to Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore’s below 50%.
More importantly, Sharma has marshalled his troops to as many as five IPL titles, with the most recent one coming last year in the United Arab Emirates.
“If he [Rohit] had to ever take over as white-ball captain, that time is now. And it’s going to be a win-win for the Indian team because the two senior cricketers are so well in tune with each other,” BCCI sources revealed.
Global Split Captaincy Trend
The idea of permanent split captaincy first gained prominence with Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh sharing duties across different formats for Australia. The trend continued with Ricky Ponting taking over from Waugh in the subsequent years.
Team India also warmed up to such a system in the late 2000s, with Anil Kumble leading their red-ball side and MS Dhoni becoming the ODI and T20I skipper.
If Virat Kohli really wanted to step down as captain (white ball) & concentrate on his batting he should have done it before the T20 world cup.
Rohit Sharma should have taken over some time ago.
Agree or Disagree?#ViratKohli #RohitSharma #WT20
— Sushant Mehta (@SushantNMehta) September 13, 2021
Currently, at least half-a-dozen top-tier international cricket teams prefer to split their captaincy across different formats.
It includes the likes of current 50-over World Champions England (Eoin Morgan and Joe Root) and the mighty Aussies (Aaron Finch and Tim Paine).
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