If Virat Kohli is feeling overloaded, Rohit Sharma can be T20I captain: Yuvraj Singh
Rohit Sharma (left) and Virat Kohli (AFP Photo)

Rohit Sharma can take over the T20I captaincy to help India manage Virat Kohli‘s workload who is currently the skipper across three formats. Yuvraj says Rohit’s record while leading Mumbai Indians is proof enough of his captaincy skills.

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MI, the most successful team in Indian Premier League’s history, have won all their four titles under Rohit.

“Earlier there used to be just two formats — ODI and Tests, so it was perfect to have one captain,” Yuvraj told Aaj Tak. “Now there are three formats and if Virat is feeling overloaded, maybe they should try somebody else for the T20 format. Rohit has been a very successful captain.”

Rohit is already the vice-captain of India’s limited-overs sides and there have already been suggestions of him being elevated to captaincy, at least in T20Is. The talks have gathered steam since the next ICC T20 World Cup is scheduled for next year in Australia.

“I don’t really know. They (team management) have to decide how much workload Virat can take. Do they need to try somebody else for T20? It completely depends on how they want to go for the future. Virat has been the best batsman. How to manage his workload? It is completely team management’s call,” he said.

India have been unable to settle on a batsman for the No. 4 spot in limited-overs, an issue that has been bothering them for some time now including at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 where they tried KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar and finally Rishabh Pant.

Yuvraj, who called time on his career recently, said the team management should have backed someone technically sound and experienced. “You need to identify who is your best talent and then back him. The highest score in no.4 position at the World Cup was 48. The captain, coach and the selectors should have known that no.4 is a very important position, especially in England where the ball seams,” he said.

He added, “The no.4 batsman has to be technically strong. Vijay Shankar didn’t have that experience, Rishabh Pant didn’t have the experience. Dinesh Karthik was an experienced guy who was sitting out and suddenly went to bat in the semifinal. I really didn’t understand what the think-tank was doing. If you had to get the best out of a player you have to secure him. A player can never play well if he is insecure. That was the big reason why India didn’t win the World Cup.”