Watch: What Rohit Sharma said about Virat Kohli’s white-ball captaincy
Rohit Sharma has recently replaced Virat Kohli as India’s white-ball captain
Rohit’s next assignment as a captain is to lead India in three-match ODI series in January
Rohit said he is happy to lead India in both ODIs and T20Is
India’s newly appointed white-ball captain Rohit Sharma said former limited-overs captain Virat Kohli has taken the team to a level from where “there is no looking back” and “he led from the front every time we stepped onto the park”.
"He's put the team in a situation where there is no looking back. Those five years he has led the team, he led from the front every time we stepped onto the park. There was clear grit and determination to win every game. That was the message to the entire squad," Rohit Sharma said while speaking in a video posted by the BCCI.
"We had a great time playing under him. I have played a lot of cricket with him, I have enjoyed each and every moment and I'll still continue to do that. We need to keep getting better as a team and as individuals and that will be the focus not just for me but for the entire squad moving forward," he added.
The BCCI appointed Rohit Sharma as India’s white-ball captain last week while announcing an 18-member squad for the upcoming Test series against South Africa. BCCI’s decision to name Rohit as India’s ODI captain after handing over the T20I captaincy has stunned the Indian cricketing fraternity. While stepping down as a T20I captain after the T20 World Cup in the UAE in November, Kohli had said that he would now focus on ODIs and Tests.
34-year-old Rohit Sharma, however, was all praise for his predecessor, Kohli. “There was clear grit and determination to win every game,” Rohit said about Kohli’s approach towards the game as a captain.
‘Deeply honoured and happy’
Rohit’s first assignment as full-time white-ball captain will be a three-match ODI series in South Africa that begins at Boland Park in Paarl on January 19. On being appointed captain of India’s ODI and T20I teams, Rohit said he is “deeply honoured” and “happy about it”.
"Deeply honoured and grateful for the opportunity. It's a huge opportunity and I'm absolutely happy about it. I look forward to leading Team India in white-ball cricket. It's going to be an exciting journey," said Rohit, who was earlier Kohli’s deputy in limited-overs formats.
Before the ODIs, Rohit will focus on the Test series as he has also been appointed deputy to Kohli in Tests.
India will play a three-match Test series in South Africa, starting from December 26 at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. The second Test will begin on January 3 at The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg while the third and final match will be played at Newlands, Cape Town from January 11.
The ODI series will start on January 19 in Paarl.