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Sunil Gavaskar backs Rohit Sharma to succeed Virat Kohli in T20Is

By BetBarter Staff

November 9, 2021

Cricketer-turned-expert Sunil Gavaskar feels India should not think of long-term goals when it comes to naming the captain in the T20I format. The legendary cricketer feels India should name Rohit Sharma as the successor of Virat Kohli in the shortest format keeping in mind the next year's 20-20 World Cup. 

Gavaskar feels Rohit Sharma is an ideal candidate to succeed Kohli due to his experience of leading India before and  his good track record as Mumbai Indians skipper. "Long term is in case the next World Cup is maybe 2 years away or 3 years away. The next World Cup is just 10-12 months away. You don't have to really look long term now," Gavaskar said to India Today.

"Right now, you have to look for the best man who can take India to an ICC trophy. And that is Rohit Sharma with his record for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, he is an obvious choice. I think he should be given the captaincy, and maybe after next year's World Cup in Australia, have a look at another T20 captain. But right, now it's only Rohit Sharma," he added.

India’s campaign in the 20-20 World Cup came to a grinding halt in the Super 12 stage. The Men in Blue lost matches against Pakistan and New Zealand which sealed their in for the tournament. Gavaskar admitted there will be a few changes in the team  but warned against making too many of them. "I think there has to be some sort of a change but not majorly. You certainly need fresh legs and fresh thinking. That will happen. Right now, I don't think we should be looking at making wholesale changes. Don't take the fact that we didn't do well in the World Cup lightly but too many changes won't help anybody," Gavaskar said.