Virat or Rohit: Who should lead India in T20Is and why?

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Virat Kohli vs Rohit Sharma T20 Captaincy Record – Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been two undisputed enigmas in Team India for over a decade and have also been the mainstays of Indian batting for almost a decade as well.

Virat captains India in all three formats while Rohit has been his deputy in the ODI and T20 Format. The Delhi lad took over captaincy responsibilities from MS Dhoni in ODIs and T20s in 2017 and has been at the front since then.virat kohli vs rohit sharma t20 captaincy record

In 41 matches captained in the shortest format, India under Kohli have won 24, lost 13 and have drawn 2 encounters both being won later on in Super Overs against New Zealand.

Virat Kohli vs Rohit Sharma T20 Captaincy Record

Due to the workload management issues and to avoid a burnout, Virat has rested himself from a few matches in which Rohit has taken over the mantle of captaincy and has responded with positive results.

The victories under Sharma’s belt have given a push to the narrative of whether Rohit Sharma should take over the job of captaincy in T20s for India so as to ease the pressure on Virat Kohli.

Captaincy is a task which can be extremely draining and can put the best of the best under pressure. Hence a call for splitting the roles in different formats is not the daftest call to take.

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We analyze who out of the two will be the right man for the job.

Virat Kohli vs Rohit Sharma T20 Captaincy Record

Captaincy Record

As mentioned earlier, Virat has won 25 out of 42 matches as captain. Rohit has also captained Indian on 19 occasions in the shortest format registering 14 wins and 5 losses. This definitely shows that Rohit has potential.

Virat has won a series each in SENA countries, being South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia, which have been the top sides across international T20 cricket.

This clearly gives Virat the edge over Rohit due to the victories not only at home but also away from home.

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IPL Captaincy

In the IPL, Rohit Sharma’s captaincy has been phenomenal winning the tournament a record 5 times while Virat Kohli is yet to get his hands on the silverware in the IPL.

Virat has led RCB to a runners-up position being his best as captain in the IPL, while Rohit led Mumbai Indians with his dynamic approach to 5 titles. (2013,2015, 2017, 2019, 2020).

This stat clearly plays in favour of Rohit Sharma as captaining with a bunch of foreign talent in the IPL with success is an ace up his sleeve.

Virat Kohli vs Rohit Sharma T20 Captaincy Record

Scoring under pressure

Both players when captaining India have not lost their ability to play crucial knocks.

While Virat averages 42.37 with the bat as captain scoring 1271 runs, Rohit has also done an excellent job by scoring 712 runs @ 41.88 as captain.

Virat’s consistency does pip him on this account but by just a smidge.

He averages close to 50 in T20 cricket in his career which has consisted of crucial knocks under pressure, while Rohit average close to 33 in his career, which has been very good too but the inconsistency is what is pulling him down only slightly in the shortest format.

This debate will be very crucial with the T20 World Cup in store this year as well as next year.

For this year, a change will be a very risky approach to take but if India do not win the tournament this year, a change in captaincy could very well be on the cards.

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