Rohit to lead and Virat to be dropped in T20 World Cup 2024 India Squad

A piece of news on social media is being circulated that Rohit to Captain and Virat is to be dropped from the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024 India Squad. From the cricketing point of view, excluding Virat Kohli does not look logical and at the same time, Rohit Sharma should also join the T20I setup as a captain because of his exceptional hard-hitting skills in the powerplay overs.

Virat Kohli has already won 2 Player of the Tournament awards in the T20 World Cup history. He missed the 3rd one in the last T20 World Cup 2022 edition after losing the semi-final match against England, where he was the tournament’s highest run scorer. The news regarding Virat Kohli’s exclusion was rumored due to his anchor role in the T20Is.

One thing is clear from the statements of BCCI, whenever Rohit and Virat did not play any T20I series, it has been said that they have been rested. Also, the all-format captain is still Rohit Sharma, others were just given leadership responsibilities in his absence. There’s no official statement regarding the removal or stepping down from the captaincy role. It’s the social media fanbases and fan clubs that are spreading rumors for engagement purposes.

Will Rohit captain the T20 World Cup 2024 India Squad?

If Rohit Sharma does not want to continue in the T20I setup, it is a different case. The opening combination has not been settled so far, India has tried various combinations including Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Yashasvi Jaiswal. Also, India’s regular T20I opener KL Rahul will be set in the middle order because as per the latest reports by Lucknow Super Giants KL Rahul will do the finishing job. With all this stuff happening just before the T20 World Cup and no news of leaving the captaincy thing it looks like, there will be a new opening partner with skipper Rohit Sharma in the T20 World Cup 2024 India Squad.

Will Virat Kohli be dropped instead of a newcomer at number 3 for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024 India Squad?

One more thing is that if Rohit makes it into the T20 World Cup 2024 India Squad would Virat be able to do so?

Virat Kohli’s stats are exceptional when it comes to the T20 World Cups. Two Player of the Tournament awards, leading run-scorer of the T20 World Cup tournament, and multiple times scored the most runs in a single edition. If that caliber of player has to be dropped there should be a serious reason behind it. From a logical point of view, Virat Kohli should not be dropped from the T20 World Cup 2024 India Squad.

But, there could be some factors like the young blood Ishan Kishan, Tilak Varma, and Rinku Singh, who all are doing exceptionally well and approaching the T20 cricket with a much higher Strike Rate and intent so that might create a headache for the selectors. Because selectors will also have to fit Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja in the playing 11. So, there should be a reason why these young guys should not be taken after performing well.

T20 World Cup 2024 India Probable Playing 11:

Top-Order: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill/Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma/Ishan Kishan/Virat Kohli.

Middle-Order: Suryakumar Yadav, Rinku Singh/KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja.

Lower-Order: Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Mukesh Kumar/Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi/Kuldeep Yadav.