Rohit Sharma faced a World Cup loss that could have felt like a stab in the chest, but now is the time that the Indian cricket team needs him as captain for at least two more years in longer formats.
When Rahul Dravid’s captaincy ended, Dhoni was a ready replacement, and when Dhoni departed, there was already a succession plan with Virat Kohli. In a team where youngsters are not ready for leadership roles, the selectors will have to continue with Rohit.
Listening to the coach Rahul Dravid, it’s clear how invested he was in the team. “He’s been an exceptional leader,” Dravid said after the match. ‘Captain Sharma’ impressed us with his batting, strategic tactics, and humor during a tense campaign.
While Rohit is 36 years old and will be 40 when South Africa hosts the next World Cup in 2027, the Indian cricket authorities should have Rohit leading the team for the next two years. His leadership and mentorship are crucial for Indian cricket during this time of transition.
India currently lacks a ready-made captain for ODIs and Test matches. While Hardik Pandya is earmarked for T20 Internationals, the team needs Rohit’s leadership in at least two formats. The BCCI and national selection committee need to give him time to groom his heir to the captaincy.