India's failure to reach the finals for the second consecutive time has forced the people to think whether the BCCI should adopt a split captaincy model like England.
The answer to this has to be a big no right now but in the future, we can think about following this policy. Right now we have a great captain in Virat Kohli whose record speaks for itself. Apparently, numbers don’t lie as Virat Kohli has led India in 77 ODI games out of which India have won 56 games and lost 19 games. There is no reason why Virat Kohli should not be a captain because he has led the team incredibly well in all 3 formats. His batting average as a captain is the best among all the top captains of the world.
There is only one man who can lead India apart from Virat Kohli in ODI's and his name is Rohit ‘Hitman’ Sharma. There is no doubt that he is an incredible white ballplayer moreover a great captain as he has led Mumbai Indians to 4 IPL titles and 1 Champions trophy but Rohit Sharma's batting average as a captain is not as good as Virat Kohli and this may hamper his batting if he is handed the Indian captaincy. Rohit has played extremely well under Virat Kohli and it makes no sense to add pressure on him.
If BCCI decides to make Rohit Sharma the white ball captain now then he will have less time to get results as the T20 World Cup will start next year. This will put a burden on Rohit Sharma as there will be increased expectations to win the trophy after a surprise semi-final exit from the 2019 world cup.
If India wants to follow a split captaincy model then the board should groom a capable young leader to be a captain after the 2020 T20 World Cup. It would be ideal for the team as they will have three years to set the team for the 2023 ODI world cup and the burden on Virat Kohli’s shoulder will reduce as he will be in his mid 30’s after the 2020 T20 World Cup.
By: Lennox Lewis