Doubt over Rohit Sharma's play in T20 World Cup, will concentrate on Test; Talked to Ajit Agarkar

Pankaj Prasad
Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

In the absence of Rohit Sharma, all-rounder Hardik Pandya has captained most of the matches.

Indian captain Rohit Sharma has taken a big decision after the defeat in the World Cup. He will stay away from the shorter format of cricket, T20. Hitman has talked to chief selector Ajit Agarkar about this. In such a situation, it is difficult for him to play in next year's T20 World Cup. He sat down with Agarkar just before the ODI World Cup and talked about staying away from T20. Rohit has not played a single match in this format since the defeat in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup last year.

In the absence of Rohit Sharma, all-rounder Hardik Pandya has captained most of the matches. Hardik was injured during the match against Bangladesh in the World Cup and is out for a long time. There have also been reports that he will make a comeback from the next IPL. T20 World Cup is to be organized immediately after that. The T20 series against Australia is starting from 23 November. Suryakumar Yadav will captain it. Most of the players included in the World Cup squad have been rested. In such a situation, when KL Rahul returns, he can take command in the T20 format.

'Said to voluntarily stay away from T20 format'

36 year old Rohit Sharma has played 148 matches in T20. During this period, 3853 runs have been scored at a strike rate of 139.2. He has also scored four centuries in T20. A BCCI source told news agency PTI, “This is nothing new. Rohit has not played any T20 match in the last one year as his focus was on the ODI World Cup. In this regard, he had a detailed discussion with the selection committee chairman Ajit Agarkar. He has voluntarily said to stay away from the T20 format. This is completely Rohit's decision.

Hitman can also make a comeback

Apart from Rohit Sharma, India has the option of Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ishan Kishan, Rituraj Gaikwad for opening in T20. These four players have performed brilliantly in the IPL in the last few seasons. If these young players are not able to prove themselves in the upcoming T20 matches, then Rohit Sharma may think of a comeback. BCCI officials may ask him to return.

Rohit's focus on test cricket

Rohit is 36 years old and it will be impossible for him to play in three formats and IPL for India every year. His focus is more on the seven Tests to be played between December 2023 and March 2024. He still has a chance to take India to another World Test Championship final in 2025. Under the captaincy of Rohit, the Indian team last lost against Australia in the final of the Test Championship. Rohit is eyeing to win it next time.

Bumrah and Shami will rotate in the series against England

Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Shami will lead the fast bowling attack in the upcoming two-Test series against South Africa. However, with five Tests in five weeks against England early next year, these players may be rotated during the series. There are question marks over Bumrah's ability to play Test cricket after taking a long break from competitive cricket due to a lower back strain, but people with knowledge of the matter said the Gujarat player is ready to make a comeback. If everything goes well, he will also play in the T20 World Cup.