With the BCCI’s selection committee expected to make a decision this year, the WTC final outcome has now raised serious doubts over Rohit’s ability to continue as Test captain.
Rohit Sharma, who was expected to emulate his IPL captaincy on the international arena, travelled to London for both his first-ever mission abroad and his largest assignment as a Test skipper. India, meanwhile, was completely outplayed at The Oval before losing by 209 runs, failing to match the level that Australia reached throughout the World Test Championship final. It was India’s second successive loss in a WTC final and second failed shot at an ICC trophy under Rohit after 2022 T20 World Cup. With the BCCI’s selection committee expected to make a decision this year, the WTC final outcome has now raised serious doubts over Rohit’s ability to continue as Test captain.
These allegations that Rohit might lose his position as captain are unfounded. According to a senior BCCI official who spoke to PTI on the condition of anonymity, “Yes, it is a significant issue whether he will last the entire two-year WTC cycle as he would be nearly 38 when the third edition ends in 2025. “At this time, I think Shiv Sunder Das and his teammates will need to make a decision based on his batting form and the results of the two Test matches.”
In his seven Tests as India’s captain to date, Rohit has missed three matches: one in England due to COVID 19 and two in Bangladesh due to split webbing. He scored 390 runs in those seven games at an average of 35.45, with his 120-run performance against Australia in Nagpur serving as his lone notable performance.