Rohit Sharma appointed as India’s full-time Test Captain
Rohit Sharma, who was appointed as India’s white-ball captain a couple of months back, has been named as the full-time captain in the red-ball format as well.
The 34-year-old’s appointment comes after Virat Kohli’s decision to step down from the position following India’s Test series loss to South Africa in January. India lost the three-match series against the Proteas 2-1, despite starting the series with a win.
The two-match home Test series against Sri Lanka, beginning on 1 March, is supposed to be Rohit’s first assignment as the full-time Test captain. He has become a vital member of the Test side since the last couple of years. And has become a mainstay at the top of the order as well.
Even though India had other young options like KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant to consider for Test captaincy. The selectors have decided to go with the experience of Rohit as a stop-gap option.
Rohit has amassed 3047 runs in 43 Test matches so far, at a pretty good average of 46.87. Almost 50 percent of these runs have come since he started opening the innings. That too at a much better average of 58.48. He already has eight centuries and 14 fifties to his name in Tests. And this tally is expected to increase further in the time ahead.