Former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly feels that India made the right call by selecting Rohit Sharma as the captain of the side for the upcoming World Cup 2024.
Rohit, who recently made his return to the T20I format after a year-long hiatus, guided the side to a 3-0 series win over Afghanistan. Speaking to Mid-Day, Ganguly said that the opener was the right choice to be made the captain for the T20 World Cup.
The former BCCI president pointed out how the opener led from the front and guided them to the final of the ODI World Cup 2023, by winning 10 games in a row.
“Rohit Sharma is the right choice as India captain for the T20 World Cup. The way he led the Indian team and won 10 matches in the 50-over World Cup is still fresh in our memory. So, Rohit was the best choice,” Ganguly concluded.
How was Rohit Sharma announced as the captain of the India team for T20 World Cup 2024?
BCCI secretary Jay Shah was the one who went on to announce that Rohit would be leading the Indian team at the T20 World Cup 2024. On the eve of the third Test against England, Shah announced that he was confident that India would lift the trophy in West Indies under the leadership of Rohit.
“We may have lost the final of the 2023 ODI World Cup. But we won hearts there by winning 10 matches in a row. I am confident that India will lift the 2024 T20 World Cup under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy at Barbados,” Jay Shah said.
Rohit hadn’t played a T20I since India’s exit in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup 2022 at the hands of England but made a sparkling return in the series against Afghanistan. After getting out for ducks in the first two matches, Rohit hit his 5th T20I hundred in a thrilling series finale in Bengaluru.
During Rohit’s absence from the T20I side, Hardik Pandya was the one captaining the Indian team in the shortest format of the game. The all-rounder replaced Rohit as the skipper of the Mumbai Indians ahead of the IPL 2024 campaign.
This would create speculation that Hardik could be the one leading India in the World Cup in West Indies and the USA as he has led the team in 11 matches so far.
However, Hardik hasn’t played a game after sustaining an injury during the ODI World Cup 2023 match against Bangladesh in Pune.