- Sep 23, 2023
- Nov 29, 2022
After India received a 209-run hammering at the hands of Australia in the World Test Championship (WTC) final at the Oval. Social media was flooded with responses saying the Indian captain-coach duo of Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid should step down immediately from their respective posts. Amidst all the heavy backlash, they received support from former Indian Cricket Board president Sourav Ganguly.
“It’s a selector’s job at the end of the day but how does social media influence? Virat himself didn’t want to captain Test cricket two years ago. If you ask me who should be and will be India’s captain and coach? Rohit and Rahul that’s the right way of all”. Ganguly said in an interview on India Today. “Absolutely, at least till the World Cup, this will continue. Well, I don’t know what’s in Rohit’s mind after the World Cup and what he wants to do. At the moment the coach and captain are the two best for India and I wish them all the luck,” Ganguly added.
The Rohit-Dravid duo came together at the helm for Indian cricket after the Men in Blue’s disastrous exit which happened at the 20-20 World Cup 2021 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). India have had a chance to win a world event twice under Rohit’s leadership but the 20-20 World Cup 2022 in Australia and the WTC final in England have gone up in smoke. At the 20-20 World Cup in Australia, India were found wanting against an in-form England side to whom they lost by 10 wickets at Adelaide.
India’s nine-year world event drought continues as the 2023 ODI World Cup is just around the corner. The ODI World Cup will be held in the Indian subcontinent for the first time since 2011. This time the 50-over World Cup will be held entirely in India whereas in 2011 it was jointly co-hosted by India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. At that time India lifted their second ODI World Cup after 28 years under MS Dhoni’s leadership.