June 2, 2023

World Cup-winning former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has said India can try split captaincy if the team management feels there is too much workload on Virat Kohli who is currently leading the side in all 3 formats in international cricket.

Yuvraj Singh suggested Rohit Sharma can lead India in the shorter formats, given his success in Indian Premier League over the years. However, the batting superstar said it’s up to to the team management to make the call if they are considering the workload of the world’s best batsman.

Unlike several top teams, including England, Australia and South Africa, India have the same captain in Virat Kohli for Tests, ODIs and T20Is. While Rohit Sharma is the deputy skipper for Kohli in limited-overs cricket, Ajinkya Rahane is the vice-captain of the Test team.

India haven’t tried out split captaincy but the selectors are keen on rotating and resting top players at a regular basis. In the lead up to the 2019 World Cup, Virat Kohli was rested from quite a few T20I assigments wherein Rohit Sharma led India and found a lot of success.

“Earlier there were only two formats so it was easy for a captain to manage. Now there are 3 formats, If the load on Virat is more than maybe they should try somebody else for the shorter formats. Rohit has been very successful,”

“I don’t really know. They 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.”

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