Rohit Sharma ready to lead India in T20Is: Ravi Shastri

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Rohit Sharma ready to lead India in T20Is: Ravi Shastri

The outgoing India coach also backed the idea of split captaincy in limited-overs and Tests

Outgoing India head coach Ravi Shastri Shastri feels that Rohit Sharma is waiting in the wings and ready to take over as the next T20 International (T20I) captain of the team. Rohit is likely to take over as captain from the upcoming series against New Zealand and is also tipped to lead the side in the 2023 50-over World Cup as well.

"I think in Rohit, you have got a very capable guy. He has won so many IPLs, he is the vice-captain of the team, he is ready in the wings to take that job," Shastri said during India's post-T20 World Cup campaign media conference.

Shastri insists that having different captains for Tests and limited-overs is not such a bad idea. "I think multiple captains is not such a bad thing because of the bubble and so much cricket being played, the players need to be rotated around and given the space they need to spend some time with their families and see their parents.

"When a guy doesn't go home for six months he might have his family with him but you have parents and other family and if you don't get a chance to see them, it's not easy at all, so I think it's not such a bad thing," he opined.

India lost against Pakistan and New Zealand in the T20 World Cup, in their first two matches and already had one foot out of the competition. However, Shastri insists that India will continue to be a strong T20 unit in the future. "...and as far as T20 team goes, we will always have a strong team. We might not have won this T20 World Cup but going forward, we will have a very strong team, because IPL throws a lot of young players into the mix and Rahul (Dravid) will have his own ideas on how to take this team forward. I see this still to be a very good team," Shastri further added.

While analysing the reasons for India's premature exit, Shastri said that the lack of bowling options hurt them, considering Hardik Pandya was not fit to bowl his quota of overs.

"It always helps when you have one or two guys in the top order who can bowl. We had that in the past and unfortunately we don't have too many now and so that might be the way to go -- to ensure that we have a couple of guys who can roll their arms over. Even if it's four overs between them, that will help," he said, making his view point clear.

Another reason Shastri believes that the players did not get an opportunity to recharge after the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.  "The cricket itinerary is so packed that they can do only one thing at a time. At least they played some T20 cricket. I just wish the gap was a little more. that's it."

So, did he speak to BCCI brass about the issue? Shastri was dismissive. "See, that is not my job, first of all. It was already done, that is something I am sure the administrators, not just for India, the BCCI, you know, it's the others around the globe who will also be looking at it. To ensure before big tournaments that there is a little bit of gap, so that the guys are mentally fresh and ready to play."

But can any India player, without feeling insecure about his place, could have opted for a rest?

"Absolutely. The communication has been free. We have managed players. You know with the training methods and everything and it's a . one thing we were never short on communication, everyone was free to speak, no one was treated as a junior, no senior-junior in this side, everyone had the freedom to express themselves."

Shastri also expressed his gratitude towards N Srinivasan, who appointed him as Director of Cricket in 2014. "I think it's been one hell of a journey for me, personally. I know it is my last day in the dressing room, I just spoke to the boys, but I would like to thank the BCCI, for giving me this opportunity, believing that I could do the job and I wish the coach coming after me all the luck," Shastri said. 

"I must thank in this also, all the committees, that were there in picking me as the coach, including Vinod Rai and his team for some time, the COA, I would like to thank all of them because they were all part of the journey," he said

But the highest regard was reserved for Srinivasan, one of the most powerful BCCI presidents in the history of Indian cricket.

"But one man I would like to give special mention - - his name is N Srinivasan. He was the man who insisted that I do this job in 2014. In fact, I didn't have the belief (that) I could do this job, he seemed to have more belief in my ability than I had."

"And I hope, I haven't let him down, so if Sir (Srinivasan), you are listening, I got the opportunity and I did my work without any agenda," Shastri seemed a touch emotional while thanking the former board supremo.

(With inputs from PTI)

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