BCCI confirms Virat Kohli to continue as captain across formats

Published:15 September 2021

ICC is confident

The BCCI treasurer, Arun Dhumal, has dismissed rumours that India may implement split captaincy, with Virat Kohli ready to hand over the limited-overs captaincy to Rohit Sharma. On the same day that such rumours surfaced, Dhumal indicated unequivocally that Kohli would continue to represent India in all three-game formats. The BCCI had not held any meetings regarding the team's captaincy.

India may adopt split captaincy to relieve Kohli of the burden of leading the country in all three formats since 2018 and in Tests since 2014, as well as because the board is unhappy with his team selection decisions and the loss to New Zealand in the World Test Championship final in June 2021. All of the hypotheses, according to Dhumal, are untrue and "media-created."

Kohli has led Team India to the top of the ICC Test rankings for the previous five years, and he is the fourth most successful Test captain in history (after Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh, and Graeme Smith), having won 38 of the 65 Tests he has commanded. In limited-overs cricket, India has won 27 of 45 T20Is and 65 of 95 ODIs under Kohli's leadership.

Kohli has yet to win an ICC competition, with India's most recent triumph stretching back to the 2013 Champions Trophy, which MS Dhoni won. Since then, the squad has lost the 2014 T20 World Cup final to Sri Lanka, the 2016 T20 World Cup semi-final to West Indies, the 2017 Champions Trophy final to Pakistan, the 2015 and 2019 ODI World Cup semi-finals to New Zealand and Australia, and the WTC final in 2021 to Australia.