According to the senior BCCI source, Rohit Sharma’s position as the captain of the Indian Test team is not under immediate threat. He is expected to lead the team in the upcoming two-match Test series against the West Indies. However, there are concerns about his ability to lead the team throughout the entire third World Test Championship (WTC) cycle, as he recently turned 36 years old and will be nearly 38 by the end of the third edition in 2025.
The selectors will closely monitor Rohit’s batting performances during the Test series against the West Indies and decide on his captaincy before the tour of South Africa in December. The source mentioned that rumours about Rohit being removed from captaincy are baseless but acknowledged the need to assess his form and decide accordingly.
The Indian Test team is going through a vulnerable phase after defeating Australia in the World Test Championship final. Injuries, prolonged poor form, and questionable decision-making have contributed to this challenging period, which coincides with a major transitional phase for the team.
A senior BCCI source revealed to PTI on condition of anonymity.
“There are baseless rumours about Rohit being removed from captaincy. However, whether he will continue as captain for the entire two-year World Test Championship (WTC) cycle is a significant question, considering he will be nearly 38 by the end of the third edition in 2025.”
The source added:
“At present, I believe that Shiv Sunder Das and his colleagues will assess Rohit’s batting form after the two Tests before taking any decision.”