Rohit to lead India in Champions Trophy, World Test Championship: Jay Shah

Wednesday 10th July 2024 07:08 EDT

Giving a big vote of confidence to Rohit's captaincy, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said that the veteran Mumbai batsman, who recently retired from T20Is after leading Team India to the T20 World Cup title, will captain India in two major assignments next year - the Champions Trophy in Pakistan and then the World Test Championship, scheduled to be played at Lord’s in London in June.

“I am confident that under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, we will win the WTC final and Champions Trophy,” Shah said, while congratulating the Indian team on winning the T20 World Cup in a video uploaded by on ‘X’.

But will India, in the first place, go to Pakistan to play in the Champions Trophy? And will 2025 see Rohit, who will turn 38 in April next year, signing off from the game on a high? Or will he continue till the ODI World Cup in Oct-Nov 2027? Things are unclear at the moment on both counts.

“It’s unlikely that Kohli and Rohit will go to Sri Lanka (for a three-match ODI series from August 2), but a decision will be made once the BCCI speaks to them,” a source said.

In the T20 World Cup last month, the swash bucklin g opener was India’s highest run-getter, scoring 164 runs in eight [email protected], at a strike rate of 156.70, with three fifties. “Rohit was in sensational touch in the T20 World Cup, despite the wickets not being the easiest to bat. During the India versus Australia Super 8s match at Antigua, (Rohit smashed 92 off 41 balls), West Indies batting maestro Vivian Richards was left so enchanted watching Rohit bat that he said it was like soul-touching music to him! As a captain, he is an honest guy, who is so down to earth,” a BCCI official who was with the team in the Caribbean during the T20 World Cup said. Meanwhile, Shah dedicated the T20 World Cup final victory to Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, outgoing head coach Rahul Dravid and Ravindra Jadeja.

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