India news August 14, 2013

Kohli identifies Rohit as future captain

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Virat Kohli has said India batsman Rohit Sharma has the potential to captain the side one day. Kohli's potential as a future captain of India received another tick with a 5-0 whitewash of Zimbabwe in the recently concluded ODI series and he cited Rohit as a contender to step into MS Dhoni's shoes.

Kohli and Suresh Raina have, in the recent past, captained India in Dhoni's absence in certain tours. Rohit had enhanced his captaincy credentials when he led Mumbai Indians to the 2013 IPL title and is still establishing a permanent place in India's limited-overs sides.

"Rohit has a tremendous cricketing brain," Kohli said at an event in Lucknow. "I often take his advice during matches. He has shown his capability while leading Mumbai Indians in the IPL."

Kohli, who was nominated for the Arjuna award on Tuesday, has amassed 332 runs in 8 matches as captain, including two centuries. The first, an attacking 102 off 83 balls, sparked a turnaround that helped India win the West Indies tri-series in July. He is second only to Shikhar Dhawan among India's representatives in the top-five run scorers for ODIs this year.

"I like to be a captain and take responsibility," Kohli said. "As batsmen, we focus only on ourselves. But as a captain we have to look into every aspect. We have to deal with each and every player. Though the responsibility increases manifold it is a great challenge."

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  • on August 14, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Feels good to see the camaradarie & respect among the players in the current indian cricket team, a point which dhoni reiterated after champions trophy & now virat kohli. A captain is as good as his team, no matter who leads the side. A good team bonding is very vital for any team aiming for greatness. i feel the current indian team is surely on the right path, but only needs to guard against complacency.

  • Kiran..REDDY on August 19, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Rohit Till has to prove every1 knowns but He is very talented.. i think he is also perfect for captaincy...

  • Nampally on August 15, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    I think the younger Cricketers are too hung up about the Captaincy. Kohli & Rohit are good captaincy candidates -so are many others- e.g. Pujara, Tiwary. But the aim of the younger players should be to first ensure that they are automatic choice in the XI before captaincy aspirations. The Indian Selectors should also think of selecting different Captains for the 3 formats & think beyond Dhoni. Test format is significantly different to the shorter formats. Whilst Dhoni did a good job in the shorter formats, his captaincy in Test matches, especially abroad, came under criticism. It was good to see Kohli & Pujara getting a chance to captain Indian squad in Zimbabwe & India A squad in SA. This will give them much needed experience in learning the player skills, leadership & PR skills. Captaincy on & off the field is a difficult job & there are plenty of hurdles to be tackled in doing a good job. Dedicated captains for each format is the need of the day. I hope the Selectors make it happen!

  • on August 15, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Yes rohit is very good captain

  • on August 15, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    to my view jadeja was more intelligent. i agree rohit is doing good. but needs to show more consistency in few more series to earn fans heart and permanent place in team.

  • arunsahu on August 14, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    To be the captain first he have to prove himself as a batsmen who fits in this batting lineup..in his 110 matches he only scored 2600 runs in witch 1600 against WI and Zimbabwe in 22 matches and 1000 in 88 matches against rest of the team... its difficult to understand why he has given so many chances keeping aside players like rahane, manoj tiwary and other so many gud talents ......

  • PeterJerome on August 14, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Good to see a lack of ambitiousness when it comes to captaincy. Quiet a few members of this team form a very good core for a strong team. Captain Dhoni has left nothing to be proven which has extinguished any captaincy dreams among our young guns and allowed them to focus on their area of expertise. They all know what is best expected of them. Still believe though that Dhoni has a lot to prove in tests. esp overseas. Hope he proves me wrong here, this time around. Good attitude Mr. Kohli, Respect.

  • on August 14, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    The next captain for India on a long term basis is most probably Ravi Ashwin. This will happen sooner than later.Kohli for all his talent is not captaincy material. So far as Rohit is concerned he needs to cement his place quickly in the Indian team or else he will be gone the Badrinath or Kaif way. He is already 27. He perhaps has one more year to prove his potential or else this selection committee has proven that it can be ruthless. If he gets the boot at this stage of his career, he could be relegated to playing firstclass cricket for the rest of his life.

  • PaKi-WiNg on August 14, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    mr virat...you are absolutely right...rohit will make a good captain...he is mature..smart and respectful..unlike you...i hope your wish comes true

  • Naresh28 on August 14, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Dont worry guys Dhoni will still be around upto WC. Kohli and Pujara would fit in nicely. A feather in Rohit's cap to be singled out as a future. Right now I think these guys should not worry about it and rather concentrate on learning from Dhoni.

  • on August 14, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Feels good to see the camaradarie & respect among the players in the current indian cricket team, a point which dhoni reiterated after champions trophy & now virat kohli. A captain is as good as his team, no matter who leads the side. A good team bonding is very vital for any team aiming for greatness. i feel the current indian team is surely on the right path, but only needs to guard against complacency.

  • Kiran..REDDY on August 19, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Rohit Till has to prove every1 knowns but He is very talented.. i think he is also perfect for captaincy...

  • Nampally on August 15, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    I think the younger Cricketers are too hung up about the Captaincy. Kohli & Rohit are good captaincy candidates -so are many others- e.g. Pujara, Tiwary. But the aim of the younger players should be to first ensure that they are automatic choice in the XI before captaincy aspirations. The Indian Selectors should also think of selecting different Captains for the 3 formats & think beyond Dhoni. Test format is significantly different to the shorter formats. Whilst Dhoni did a good job in the shorter formats, his captaincy in Test matches, especially abroad, came under criticism. It was good to see Kohli & Pujara getting a chance to captain Indian squad in Zimbabwe & India A squad in SA. This will give them much needed experience in learning the player skills, leadership & PR skills. Captaincy on & off the field is a difficult job & there are plenty of hurdles to be tackled in doing a good job. Dedicated captains for each format is the need of the day. I hope the Selectors make it happen!

  • on August 15, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Yes rohit is very good captain

  • on August 15, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    to my view jadeja was more intelligent. i agree rohit is doing good. but needs to show more consistency in few more series to earn fans heart and permanent place in team.

  • arunsahu on August 14, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    To be the captain first he have to prove himself as a batsmen who fits in this batting lineup..in his 110 matches he only scored 2600 runs in witch 1600 against WI and Zimbabwe in 22 matches and 1000 in 88 matches against rest of the team... its difficult to understand why he has given so many chances keeping aside players like rahane, manoj tiwary and other so many gud talents ......

  • PeterJerome on August 14, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Good to see a lack of ambitiousness when it comes to captaincy. Quiet a few members of this team form a very good core for a strong team. Captain Dhoni has left nothing to be proven which has extinguished any captaincy dreams among our young guns and allowed them to focus on their area of expertise. They all know what is best expected of them. Still believe though that Dhoni has a lot to prove in tests. esp overseas. Hope he proves me wrong here, this time around. Good attitude Mr. Kohli, Respect.

  • on August 14, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    The next captain for India on a long term basis is most probably Ravi Ashwin. This will happen sooner than later.Kohli for all his talent is not captaincy material. So far as Rohit is concerned he needs to cement his place quickly in the Indian team or else he will be gone the Badrinath or Kaif way. He is already 27. He perhaps has one more year to prove his potential or else this selection committee has proven that it can be ruthless. If he gets the boot at this stage of his career, he could be relegated to playing firstclass cricket for the rest of his life.

  • PaKi-WiNg on August 14, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    mr virat...you are absolutely right...rohit will make a good captain...he is mature..smart and respectful..unlike you...i hope your wish comes true

  • Naresh28 on August 14, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Dont worry guys Dhoni will still be around upto WC. Kohli and Pujara would fit in nicely. A feather in Rohit's cap to be singled out as a future. Right now I think these guys should not worry about it and rather concentrate on learning from Dhoni.

  • on August 14, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    With Respect to Rohit he deserves, I would like to say the success of Rohit Sharma as captain in the IPL was becz of Ricky Ponting. We all know he is one of the rarest leaders cricket has ever seen. Moreover Rohit should enhance this opportunity and cement his place in the team first, Captaincy is still a long way to go !!!! Kohli should mentally prepare himself to step in to MSD's Shoes !!!

  • on August 14, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    What about Viru and gambhir. Any hope for them to back.

  • naren1983 on August 14, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    When talking about Captaincy side, Yes, Rohit has definitely ahead of Virat in terms of using the bowlers and field placing. Showing calmness in pressure situation and supports the players. But if you want to be captain, you have to be a role model in terms of everything. Rohit has to perform his batting consistency and should settle as regular member in the team first. Also, he has to perform in pressure matches with this batting skills and sending players in proper order. Yes, once it is proved, then he may have a chance to be given. In current scenario also, after dhoni, only virat is the default selection. Apart from virat, only Rohit is the possible choice than others.

  • on August 14, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    at Mr.SSenthil.......and others....Rohit is already a permanent member in Indian team - now for oneday and T20, later for tests...There isn't any movement happening to remove him from the team. As long as Dhoni (unquestionable) remains at helm, he'll be there.... Another 2 years of service and then he'll become veteran...!!!

  • Scheduler on August 14, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    HAHAHAHAH what is he trying to state here ? either he is fed up of being the captain or he is fearing he has competition. But if he really means what he says then Rohit has got the potential to be a good leader. He is quite calm and conducts well on the field and he knows how to handle senior players by giving them respect which was quite evident in IPL unlike Kohli .But till the time dhoni is around i guess these guys cud fix their mind on the game. When dhoni moves on am sure dhoni wud have something good to say to selectors on who to pick as the next captain . Hope it wont be Virat Kohli as he sometimes behaves Like a seasoned pro and others are lesser beings.

  • jjradha on August 14, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Yes Rohit is a very good captain for Mumbai Indian and Mumbai Ranji teams not for Indian team. Its a passing comment by Kohli or probably he is making fun of Rohit. Not to be taken seriously.

  • Jinarajan on August 14, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Nice to see the Kohli speak about Rohit.. I think, if Rohit get permanent place.. He may be feature Capt. for T20 & ODI side..

  • king_julien on August 14, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Now if he could now just justify his selection in the team also....that would be handy

  • on August 14, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    He is not capebale to make indian captain.

  • Ultimateking1234 on August 14, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Dhoni is the best captain any day!

  • ssenthil on August 14, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    First Rohit need to be a permanent member in Indian team. I don't think he will ever cement his place in the Indian side.

  • on August 14, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Rohit is better captain than kohli..

  • on August 14, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Rohit is better captain than kohli..

  • ssenthil on August 14, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    First Rohit need to be a permanent member in Indian team. I don't think he will ever cement his place in the Indian side.

  • Ultimateking1234 on August 14, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Dhoni is the best captain any day!

  • on August 14, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    He is not capebale to make indian captain.

  • king_julien on August 14, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Now if he could now just justify his selection in the team also....that would be handy

  • Jinarajan on August 14, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Nice to see the Kohli speak about Rohit.. I think, if Rohit get permanent place.. He may be feature Capt. for T20 & ODI side..

  • jjradha on August 14, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Yes Rohit is a very good captain for Mumbai Indian and Mumbai Ranji teams not for Indian team. Its a passing comment by Kohli or probably he is making fun of Rohit. Not to be taken seriously.

  • Scheduler on August 14, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    HAHAHAHAH what is he trying to state here ? either he is fed up of being the captain or he is fearing he has competition. But if he really means what he says then Rohit has got the potential to be a good leader. He is quite calm and conducts well on the field and he knows how to handle senior players by giving them respect which was quite evident in IPL unlike Kohli .But till the time dhoni is around i guess these guys cud fix their mind on the game. When dhoni moves on am sure dhoni wud have something good to say to selectors on who to pick as the next captain . Hope it wont be Virat Kohli as he sometimes behaves Like a seasoned pro and others are lesser beings.

  • on August 14, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    at Mr.SSenthil.......and others....Rohit is already a permanent member in Indian team - now for oneday and T20, later for tests...There isn't any movement happening to remove him from the team. As long as Dhoni (unquestionable) remains at helm, he'll be there.... Another 2 years of service and then he'll become veteran...!!!

  • naren1983 on August 14, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    When talking about Captaincy side, Yes, Rohit has definitely ahead of Virat in terms of using the bowlers and field placing. Showing calmness in pressure situation and supports the players. But if you want to be captain, you have to be a role model in terms of everything. Rohit has to perform his batting consistency and should settle as regular member in the team first. Also, he has to perform in pressure matches with this batting skills and sending players in proper order. Yes, once it is proved, then he may have a chance to be given. In current scenario also, after dhoni, only virat is the default selection. Apart from virat, only Rohit is the possible choice than others.