Exclusive Virat Koli will set a great precedent if he hands over the captain’s baton to Rohit Sharma: Kiran More

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Rohit Sharma and Virat Koli

Amid the hype surrounding the possibility of splitting the captaincy, former head coach Kieran Moore believes that the time will come when the captain of India Virat Kohli passes the baton to his deputy Rohit Sharma, in at least one game format.

As Kohli continues to perform in all three formats, management may be considering splitting the captaincy due to the busy schedule of the Indian team. He added that the captain of all three teams is not an easy task and supported Rohit to get a chance in the near future.

“I think the vision of the board drives these things. I believe Rohit Sharma will get a chance soon. Virat Koli is a shrewd captain who played under MS Dhoni. As long as he wants to drive ODI and T20, he will also consider. You will learn a lot more about these decisions after the tour in England, “More told India TV in an exclusive interaction.

“It [Split captaincy] can work in India. What is the opinion of the senior players about the future of the Indian team is very important. With Virat Kohli, the captain of three teams is not so easy plus he also has to introduce himself. And I give him credit for presenting himself in every format as he captains and wins … but I think there will be a time when Virat Collie will say, “That’s enough, let Rohit lead the country.”

Adjinkya Rahane had led the Indian side when Collie was on paternity leave during a tour of Australia earlier this year. In the event that Collie is unavailable during a white-ball assignment, Rohit becomes the automatic choice for captaincy.

He added that Collie would set an example if he handed over the reins to Rohit and described the process as healthy. “It’s actually going to be very healthy. And it’s a huge message for Indian cricket that will go on and on for generations. It’s a matter of respect that if Rohit Sharma does good, he should be given a chance.

“I think Virat Collie will set a great precedent if he does that. The future will depend on his decision – how much rest he wants, if he wants to be captain of the test team or the ODI team. He is also a man, his mind is tired too.” said Moore.

The members of the Indian contingent are currently serving a 14-day quarantine in Mumbai before the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand in Southampton on June 16 and the subsequent series of five tests in England.

The Indian team is due to leave for the UK on June 2 and is then expected to serve a 10-day mandatory quarantine period.



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