Former Indian cricketer and a part of India’s 1983 World Cup-winning squad Krishnamachari Srikkanth spoke exclusively to Republic World on Tuesday, October 9. On being asked about considering the possibility of split captaincy across formats to take off the burden of Virat Kohli, Srikkanth said: “Not exactly, Kohli is very young, the truth of the matter is I think is Kohli is an excellent leader, so I would put it this way, I think it is too early to talk about that and let's not forget Kohli is one guy who is performing in all three formats, whether it is T20, One Day or Test cricket.”
The former selector praised Virat Kohli’s leadership skills and said, “I think, I like Kohli’s leadership qualities, he is a very motivating leader, he takes the team along with him which is very very important, he’s very young and it is too soon to talk about split captaincy.”
Srikkanth also lauded the Indian team’s consistency across formats and said that India was unlucky to lose in the World Cup semi-final. He also said that Indian teams focus should be on the T20 World Cup which is going to be held in Australia next year.
Recently, India defeated South Africa by a large margin of 203 runs to win the first Test in Vizag and go 1-0 up in the three-match Test series. Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammad Shami made vital contributions in India’s huge win. By virtue of this victory, the Virat Kohli-led side continues to be at the top of the ICC World Test Championship points table as they added 40 valuable points to their tally. India who have been the top-ranked Test side since late 2016 now lead the points table with 160 points with a 100% win record in all the three games that they have played so far.
Rohit Sharma made a dream comeback to Test cricket by scoring centuries in both innings of the first of the three-match Test series against the Proteas. Sharma registered scores of 176 & 127 in both the innings respectively. Usually, known as an explosive batsman in the limited-overs format, Sharma adopted the Test match techniques when the situation had it demanded from him. After his heroics at Vizag, Rohit jumped to 17th position in the ICC Test Player Rankings which is his career-best ranking in the game's longest format. The 'Hitman' gained a massive 36 slots. Sharma has five tons in 28 Tests.