Sourav Ganguly: Rohit Sharma didn’t wanted to be the captain of India

Rohit Sharma

The former president of BCCI, Sourav Ganguly, reveals that Rohit Sharma didn’t want to captain the Indian team. Rohit Sharma replaced Virat Kohli as the captain of the Indian team.


After Virat Kohli resigned, Rohit Sharma refused to accept the captaincy in all formats. According to former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, he persuaded him in some way that the Indian opener should play the part. Sourav Ganguly said in an interview to Kolkata TV that,

“Rohit didn’t want the captaincy because there was a lot of pressure on playing all formats – it had gone to a stage where I told him you have to say yes or I will announce your name. I am happy he has taken it now he is leading from the front and you guys can check the results”

When Virat Kohli resigned as the T20 skipper in early 2022, the Indian cricket team faced controversy. The 35-year-old was eager to maintain his position as the leader in the other two formats, though. To Kohli’s considerable annoyance, the selectors chose Rohit Sharma. The selectors only wanted one skipper for white-ball cricket, so they designated Rohit for ODI and T20. Then, when India lost the test series in South Africa, the top batter unexpectedly resigned as captain of the team. The test captain was then revealed to be Rohit Sharma. Moreover, former cricket players have heaped praises on Rohit for his leadership of the Indian squad in the ongoing World Cup. The Indian opener was dubbed a “selfless captain” by former cricketer Gautam Gambhir. Gautam Gambhir had said on Star Sports that,

“Leader – the thing he wants from the team, he does it himself. If you expect positive batting from your teammates, you have to do it yourself. This act – leading from the front – you have to do it yourself. No kind of PR or marketing agency can do it for you” 

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