The cool Mumbai batter will become the 35th captain for India in Tests.
On Wednesday, March 2, the 34-year-old player was seen sweating it out at the nets at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali ahead of India’s to begin with Test match against Sri Lanka. He shared pictures of him batting and handling and captioned them, “About time”.
Sharma could have made his debut as Test captain in South Africa
Rohit Sharma, who has become India’s full-time skipper in the 50 and 20-over formats, was chosen as the vice captain for the Indian squad that toured South Africa in December-January. However, he sustained an injury during the net sessions ahead of that tour and missed it entirely. Rohit Sharma’s debut as India’s Test captain would have happened on that tour after former captain Virat Kohli missed the second Test in Johannesburg due to an injury. KL Rahul captained India in that Test and the three-match one-day international series later and lost all the games.
Virat Kohli stepped down as the Test captain after India lost the series against the Proteas 1-2 under controversial circumstances and Rohit Sharma succeeded him. However, the man will be up against a challenge as his predecessor has been India’s most successful captain in Tests.