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SportsSharma identifies 3 'leaders' in Team India barring Kohli

Sharma identifies 3 ‘leaders’ in Team India barring Kohli

Indian cricket team captain for tests and T20Is Rohit Sharma said tihs was how all his colleagues had come through the ranks, groomed by others in the squad

Indian cricket captain Rohit Sharma has said that he does not need to give too much guidance to the likes of three of his colleagues as they are mature enough to take decisions on their own. The touted Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul as candidates for becoming India’s long-term captain in the future.

“I won’t have that much of a role in telling them each and everything; they all are mature enough, it is just when someone needs to be there around them to guide them, I will be more than happy to do that. It is how we have come through the ranks, we were groomed by someone else. It is a natural process, everyone goes through this,” Sharma said during a virtual press conference today.

“If you talk of Bumrah, KL Rahul and Pant, they have a big role to play in India’s success, they are looked upon as leaders as well. They do understand there is a responsibility on their shoulders, but we do not want to any pressure on them as they are critical for us. We just want them to enjoy the game and execute the skills,” Sharma said.

Chetan Sharma, the chairman of the selection committee, had last week said that the management is looking at Rohit to groom future leaders and he also spoke on how the -handed batsman was an ideal candidate to lead the side. Rohit Sharma was announced as India’s test captain.

Having taken over the T20I reins from Virat Kohli too, Rohit Sharma was also named the ODI captain but injury forced him to miss the tour of South Africa. With the test captaincy also being given to him, along with captaining Mumbai Indians in the IPL which is now a ten-team affair with more matches, Rohit has the work cut out for him in the near future.

The 34-year-old, however, was clear with his plans for captaining in all three formats and how to balance it. “I’m very clear in my mind as to how I want to take this forward,” said Rohit at the press conference ahead of the T20I series against Sri Lanka. “Obviously managing the workload, not just me but everyone will be the key moving forward. We’ve already seen a lot of injuries within our squad. So we just have to be very careful as to what we do with individuals and how we rotate them, how we give them that break from the game. We’re trying to manage that, we are trying to put a roadmap on the sidelines as to how we want to move forward.

India face Sri Lanka in three T20Is starting 24 February. Bumrah has been appointed vice-captain of the team for the series and the subsequent two test matches as well. Pant was vice-captain when India recently faced the West Indies.

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