After having a dream run, Team India's journey in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 came to an abrupt end in the semi-final against New Zealand at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Wednesday. India who had topped the league table with seven wins from nine games and 15 points suffered a huge setback against the Kiwis who overcame them by 18 runs in an edge-of-the-seat thriller.
After India's loss, the talks were about MS Dhoni's future as there were requests pouring in from the fans asking the 2011 World Cup-winning skipper to reconsider his retirement plans and that he still had a lot of Cricket left in him. While Dhoni was the biggest talking point, it seems that even Rohit Sharma, the clear star of the Indian team in this World Cup, is also being discussed, albeit in a different way.
Despite India's ouster, Sharma is still the leading run scorer of the ongoing quadrennial event. The dynamic opening batsman has scored 648 runs from nine matches which includes five centuries which is the most in a single edition of the showpiece event. However, he got out very early in the semis for 1 as India reeled at 5/3 against the Kiwis.
Coming back to Rohit Sharma, veteran Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer believes that Sharma can lead the Men In Blue in the 2023 World Cup which will be played in India. The ex-cricketer took to Twitter and asked whether it was time to hand over white ball captaincy to the Mumbai batsman and added that he would like Sharma to lead India in 2023 World Cup.
Read Jaffer's tweet here:
Even a few netizens were on the same page with Jaffer and agreed that Rohit should be appointed as India's new captain.
Apart from his explosive batting, Rohit has also proved his mettle in captaincy as well.
The Hitman has led Mumbai Indians to four IPL titles which are the most by any team in IPL history. India had also emerged triumphant in the Nidhas Trophy and then in the Asia Cup last year under Sharma's captaincy.