27. January 2022

Importance of player is not measured by his captaincy, says Kirti Azad

Kirti Azad (TOI Photo)

NEW DELHI: Former India cricketer Kirti Azad supported the choice of the All-India Senior Selection Committee of appointing Rohit Sharma because the staff skipper for the ODI & T20I groups going ahead.

The All-India Senior Selection Committee on Wednesday picked an 18-member squad for the upcoming 3-match Test sequence towards South Africa ranging from December 26.

Rohit Sharma was on Wednesday named India’s new ODI skipper and the star player will take over from Virat Kohli beginning the South Africa sequence in January subsequent 12 months.

Speaking to ANI, Kirti Azad mentioned, “Well change is constant. This happens Rohit has been doing well and Virat had said that he wanted to be away from the captaincy in limited-overs. So, the right person to get into his place is Rohit Sharma. That’s a call by the selectors. Virat wanted it but selectors thought that Rohit Sharma should come in and that’s about it. I don’t find anything wrong with it.”

“Every game that you play is a different game than the other. Yes, when you compare people you show records you say this guy was better and that guy was better. Somebody has got more centuries than the other but that doesn’t mean one is better than the other. The importance of a player is not measured by his captaincy. Rahane is a very good player. His firm was not good and keeping that in mind selectors have taken away the vice-captaincy. We try to read too much into it,” he added.

Rohit was additionally named as India’s Test vice-captain because the All-India Senior Selection Committee picked an 18-member squad for the upcoming three-match Test sequence towards South Africa.

The Test sequence will type an element of the brand new cycle of the ICC World Test Championship. The following gamers have been not accessible for choice because of accidents and are at present present process rehabilitation: Ravindra Jadeja, Shubman Gill, Axar Patel, Rahul Chahar.


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