Former Team India skipper Mohammed Azharuddin has weighed in on the captaincy
debate after Virat Kohli stepped down as the Test captain of the Asian giants on
Saturday. One of the most successful leaders in the history of the sport, Kohli has
relinquished Test captaincy following India’s shocking 2-1 series defeat against hosts
South Africa at Cape Town. The talismanic batter of the Team India side was earlier
replaced by Rohit Sharma as the full-time white-ball captain in the lead-up to the
South Africa tour.
Kohli was earlier removed as the One Day International (ODI) captain and the
decision paved the way for Rohit to take over the reins from the ex-skipper in white-
ball cricket. With Rohit missing out on South Africa tour due to a hamstring injury,
premier batter KL Rahul was appointed as the stand-in skipper of the Kohli-starrer
Team side for the bilateral ODI series. Rohit and Rahul are leading the race to replace
Kohli as the captain of the Team India side in the longest format.
Speaking to India News amid India’s tour of South Africa, former Indian skipper
Azharuddin was asked to name his captaincy pick for Team India in the longest
format of the game. Azharuddin, who captained Team India in 3 World Cups has
backed opener Rohit to succeed Kohli as the new captain of the Indian Test side.
“I feel seeing 5-6 years ahead is a long time.
You should definitely look forward but need to see immediate as well. Just to look
forward, you cannot give to an inexperienced player, which might cause a problem,”
Azharuddin said during a discussion.
Azharuddin also highlighted that Rohit’s fitness will play an important role in
extending his captaincy stint. “I feel Rohit Sharma is a good player and can be a very
good captain. He might play cricket for another two or three years, he might play
more as well but his fitness will be very important because his hamstring becomes
weak repeatedly,” Azharuddin said.