- Rohit Singh | November 10, 2022 | 10:25 pm
India’s T20 squad will undergo a major transition in the next 24 months because senior players such as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin will be gradually eased out, BCCI sources said on Thursday. While it appears that Ashwin and Dinesh Karthik have played their last games in the shortest format, the BCCI will leave it on Kohli and Rohit to decide on their T20I future. After team’s humiliating defeat in the T20 World Cup semifinal. A visibly upset Rohit was consoled by head coach Rahul Dravid, who fronted the media after the match.
The next T20 World Cup is still two years away and if those privy to developments are to be believed. There will be a brand new team in place with Hardik Pandya being the long-term captaincy choice. “The BCCI never asks anyone to retire. It is an individual decision. But yes, with just a handful of T20Is scheduled in 2023, most of the seniors will concentrate on ODIs and Test matches in that cycle,” a BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
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“You don’t need to announce retirement if you don’t want to. You will not see most of the seniors playing T20 next year,” the source added. However, Dravid said it’s too early to talk about transition when PTI asked him about future of senior players like Kohli and Rohit. “It’s too early to talk about it right now just after a semi-final game. These guys have been terrific performers for us. Like you said, we have a couple of years to reflect on it,” Dravid said.
While some of the players have been contemporary greats of the game. Dravid doesn’t want anyone to write them off in haste. “There are some really good quality players here, so absolutely not the right time to talk about this stuff or think about this stuff right now. “We’ll have enough games, enough matches as we go on ahead, and India will try and build and prepare for the next World Cup,” the head coach added. It is understood that for the next one year. The T20Is will take a back seat as India play at least 25 ODIs. Going into next year’s 50-over World Cup at home.