Rohit Sharma is No.1 cricketer of India, says Chetan Sharma
Chetan Sharma, the Chairman of the All-India Senior-Selection Committee, said on Saturday that Rohit Sharma is the country’s number one cricketer after naming the right-handed batter as the Test skipper for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka.
The Indian men’s squad has a new Test captain, Rohit Sharma, while stalwarts Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have been dropped from the Sri Lanka series.
“As far as Rohit Sharma is concerned, he is the number one cricketer of our country, he is playing all three formats of the game. The important thing is how we manage Rohit, cricketers manage their bodies. From time to time we will be in discussion with Rohit. If such a big cricketer is leading the country, we as selection committee want to groom further captains, and grooming them under Rohit will be tremendous,” said Chetan Sharma during a virtual press conference.
“It is hard to predict what problems can arise in the future, Rohit is fit and fine right now. We will give rest to every cricketer of ours, we want to give them proper rest. A body requires rest, we will see how things pan out and we will decide how will be getting the rest,” he added.
Further talking about Rohit being named Test captain, Chetan said:
“Rohit was a clear choice of ours, we are very happy with naming him as captain. We will groom future captains under him, let’s hope everything goes right. And if things pan out how we want them to, it will be really good.”
“If Rohit keeps leading for a long time, then it would be really good for us. But no one can predict it, as long as Rohit is available and fit, he will be the Test captain. When he wants to rest, we will give him the rest,” he added.
Chetan Sharma, Chairman, All India Senior-Selection Committee, said Washington Sundar and KL Rahul ruled out of the Sri Lanka T20 and Test series unless they recover early. Ravichandran Ashwin subject to pass a fitness test. Chetan Sharma said Axar Patel is still recovering in rehab and may be ready for the second Test match.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced a new schedule for India’s upcoming home series against Sri Lanka earlier this week. The tour was intended to begin with a two-match Test series, but it will instead begin with T20Is. With the first encounter taking place on February 24 at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow. On February 26 and 27, the second and third T20Is will be held at Dharamsala.
Following the T20I series, the teams will play two Tests as part of the ICC World Test Championship cycle 2021-23. The first Test will be held in Mohali from March 4 to 8. Followed by the second Test in Bengaluru from March 12 to 16. Former captain Virat Kohli will play his 100th Test match in the first Test. While the second Test will be a day/night affair.