Team India adopting split captaincy has been the point of discussion ever since Rohit Sharma led the Mumbai Indians (MI) to the IPL title for the record fourth time last year. On the contrary, Virat Kohli hasn’t won a single IPL while leading the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and his India captaincy has been questioned a lot of times as well.
Many feel Rohit is ready to take up the mantle in the limited-overs format. Currently, he has led India only when Kohli has been rested. Interestingly, he has done well as the batsman too while at the helm. Speaking on the same, former England skipper Nasser Hussain mentioned that the current India captain wouldn’t like to hand over the captaincy at the moment.
He feels that it all depends on the character when it comes to split captaincy and cited Eoin Morgan and Joe Root’s example who are ODI-T20I and Test captains of England respectively. Hussain pointed out that the two players are laid back characters, unlike Virat Kohli.
“It depends on the character, Virat (Kohli) is such an imposing character, all encompassing, it would be difficult for him to hand over, he wouldn’t want to hand anything over. Whereas with England, we have Morgan and Root, two likeable, laidback (characters),” he said while speaking to Cricbuzz.
Nasser Hussain reckons split coaching is the way forward
Nasser Hussain also believed that the separate coaches for the formats is the way forward in international cricket with the amount of cricket is being played nowadays. He highlighted England‘s success in limited-overs cricket under Trevor Bayliss. But at the same time, they struggled in the Tests even failing to retain the Ashes at home last year after losing it in Australia in 2018.
“I think more importantly it would be about coaching, Coaches have so much to do, whether you should have a split coach, they have so much on their plate. Just to give you a fresh perspective like Trevor Bayliss for example he cracked white ball for England, we didn’t really crack Test match cricket. So maybe two different coaches would be the right way to go,” the 52-year-old added.
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