Rahul Dravid denies India has accepted split captaincy

Rahul DravidIndia’s head coach on Monday denied that his team had accepted a split captaincy.

Ever since India’s irregular semi-final exit from the T20 World Cup 2022 last year, speculation has been rife over Virat Kohli’s future. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in the shortest format.

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Rahul Dravid – K. Murali Kumar

Rahul Dravid is not aware of India taking over the split captaincy

The trio have not featured in a T20 game since the World Cup semi-final against England in November and missed the series against New Zealand and Sri Lanka. They will also miss all three matches against the Black Caps starting this week.

In the absence of Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya has led the Indian T20I team and is also seen as the front runner to captain the side in the 2024 T20 World Cup.

Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma
Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma (Credit: Twitter)

“Not that I am aware of (India taking split captaincy). That’s a question you have to ask the selectors but as of now, I don’t think so,” Rahul Dravid said at the pre-match press conference ahead of the third ODI between India and New Zealand.

Earlier this month, Rahul Dravid himself called for patience as the Indian T20 team went through a rebuilding phase, hinting that it could be the end of the road for the likes of veteran batsmen Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul.

Virat Kohli has amassed 4008 runs in 115 T20s at an average of 52.74 in the T20 format which came in the Asia Cup 2022 ton (122*). He is followed by Rohit Sharma.

Rohit Sharma has not decided to quit the T20I format

However, all-format captain Rohit Sharma maintained that he has not taken any call on his T20 future. He scored 3853 runs in 148 T20Is with 4 tons at an average of 31.33. He had a poor run in the 2022 World T20, scoring just 116 runs at an average of 19.33 in 6 T20Is.

“We have three T20s against New Zealand. We will see what happens after IPL. I haven’t decided to quit the format,” Rohit said earlier this month.

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Rohit Sharma Photo Credit: (BCCI)

New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first in the third ODI. The visitors made one change with Jacob Duffy replacing Henry Shipley. Rohit Sharma rested pacers Mohammad Shami and Mohammad Siraj and brought in speedster Omran Malik and wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.

Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill got the team off to a flyer as India managed to score 82 runs in the power-play over. Both the batsmen were playing with the bowlers as there was nothing significant on the pitch for the bowlers. India lost 3 wickets but passed 250 runs at 7.77 runs in 35th over. While Rohit Sharma scored 101, Shubman Gill scored 112 runs.

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