Rohit Sharma to be India’s captain in T20 World Cup, confirms BCCI secy Jay Shah

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New Delhi: Rohit Sharma will lead India in the upcoming T20 World Cup, BCCI secretary Jay Shah confirmed at an event in Rajkot on Wednesday. The big-ticket event will be held in the Caribbean and the United States from June 1.

Hardik Pandya has captained the T20 team in recent times but after the ODI World Cup, Rohit has returned as the skipper. Along with the opener, star batter Virat Kohli has also returned to the 20-over team after a 14-month gap.

“We may have lost the final of the 2023 ODI World Cup, but we won hearts there by winning 10 matches in a row. I am confident that India will lift the 2024 T20 World Cup under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy at Barbados,” Shah said, while speaking at an event held to rename the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium after former cricketer and later BCCI administrator Niranjan Shah.

Rohit, head coach Rahul Dravid and BCCI chairman of selectors for the men’s team Ajit Agarkar were in attendance at the function when Shah made his announcement.

Pandya has led the team in most of the T20Is since India were beaten in the T20 World Cup in November 2022.

But once Rohit expressed his willingness to play the shortest format once again, following his team’s loss in the final of the ODI World Cup in November last year, he was recalled for the home T20I series against Afghanistan in January.

Pandya suffered an ankle injury during the ODI World Cup in a match against Bangladesh and is currently undergoing rehab for his ankle injury.

He is aiming to be fit before the 2024 edition of the Indian Premier League, where he will lead Mumbai Indians after replacing Rohit as captain, having agreed on a mega buck swap deal with Gujarat Titans.

Shah had refused to comment who would lead the team in the T20 World Cup when asked last year.

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