With Virat Kohli stepping down as India’s T20I captain and Rohit Sharma taking over the reins, former batter Virender Sehwag expects the 33-year-old to take up a role similar to the one Sachin Tendulkar donned in the team. Sehwag explained how Tendulkar, who played under several captains, would share his thoughts with the skipper – be it Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid or MS Dhoni – as a senior in the team and believes Kohli would serve a similar role going forward.
“Since Kohli is going to be around, he will (undoubtedly) propose his suggestions – which he believes that is appropriate. Remember, Tendulkar played for so long and offered his suggestions to so many leaders. Every time, the captain would take his advice and implement it. This is why Kohli said something great when he said, “Myself and Rohit are the leaders in the team and as long as they are around, they’ll back the captain and the youngsters,” Sehwag said on Cricbuzz.
“The team selectors and the board told me that I would perform my responsibilities regardless of the fact that MS Dhoni became the captain, because it is better to groom a youngster to be the captain once Dhoni leaves. I received no response to my suggestion but Sehwag thinks Kohli’s comments are a good sign now,” Sehwag concluded.