After a horrible phase of 40 minutes stint during the semi-final clash against New Zealand, the Indian team not only suffered a World Cup exit but also gave a chance to team to ponder on few pivotal questions. Under Virat Kohli's leadership, India has played two ICC tournaments, and have finished as finalist and semi-finalist. The team hasn't been able to perform in the knockout stages and eventually failed to cross the winning line.
With this, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is reportedly mulling a split captaincy in the long and short formats with Kohli and Rohit taking charges in the two, respectively. India generally are not known for split captaincy though there were instances of Anil Kumble leading in Tests and Mahendra Singh Dhoni leading in the shorter formats and Kohli leading in red-ball cricket and Dhoni in white-ball formats.
Hindustan Times cited reports that spoke about a board official who felt good teams begin preparations for the next edition immediately after one campaign concludes and England’s success in the 2019 edition was an example. The Three Lions started an intense preparation eyeing the World Cup this year after getting knocked out in the group stages in the 2015 edition.
“This would be the right time for Rohit to take over the mantle of the captaincy in the 50-over format. There has been immense support to the present captain and the management and it is time to plan ahead for the next World Cup and for that the existing ideas and plans need a fresh look. We all know some areas need a relook. Rohit would be the right man for the job,” the official was quoted as saying.