Team India’s full time T20I skipper Rohit Sharma is likely to become Virat Kohli’s deputy in the longest format of the game in the upcoming South Africa tour.
Currently the vice-captain of the team in the longest format of the game is Ajinkya Rahane. The 33-year-old is struggling to score runs for a long time now. As a result, the responsibility might be handed to the ‘HITMAN’ now.
A BCCI official said that it is highly possible that Team India will make Rohit Sharma their vice-captain in tests. The official also added that the series will kickoff with the Boxing Day Test match i.e., December 26, 2021.
“The selection meeting will happen in a few days. It is likely that Rohit will be made the vice-captain of the Test team. The Indian team is committed to travel to South Africa. However, the tour will not go on as per schedule. BCCI has communicated to Cricket South Africa (CSA) that it could start the tour with the Boxing Day Test,” the official said.
Rohit has been an important figure for the Indian cricket in the past couple of years. The management and the selectors are keen to make him the deputy in tests.
After the recent conclusion of the ICC T20 World Cup, Rohit was given the charge as a full-time skipper in T20Is. Team India won convincingly by 3-0 in his first series against NZ at home.
The Indian cricketers who were rested for the NZ series have already arrived in Mumbai on Friday to begin their quarantine period. However, it is reported that head coach Rahul Dravid wants to have a few training sessions with Rohit, Bumrah, Shardul, Pant and Shami before departing for South Africa.
“The tour will be curtailed. The travel plans are being worked out. It’s unlikely the team will leave on December 8. As of now, it looks like the two boards will have to compromise and agree to play two Tests instead of the initially planned three. Maybe a T20I could also be reduced,” the official was quoted.