Rohit Sharma’s Test captaincy future under scrutiny after WTC Final Loss: Report

In the recently concluded World Test Championship (WTC) final, India’s performance fell short of Australia’s dominant display, resulting in a comprehensive 209-run loss at The Oval. This defeat marked India’s second consecutive loss in a WTC final and their second failed attempt at winning an ICC trophy under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma since the 2022 T20 World Cup. With the disappointing outcome, questions now loom over Rohit’s future as Test captain, and the BCCI selection committee is expected to make a decision later this year.

According to a PTI report, Rohit is likely to lead the Indian side in the opening matches of the new WTC cycle, scheduled against West Indies in a two-match series. However, the selectors might reassess his position if Rohit fails to perform as expected with the bat during these matches.


Responding to speculations, a senior BCCI source, speaking on condition of anonymity, dismissed the rumors of Rohit’s removal from captaincy as baseless. However, the source acknowledged the uncertainty surrounding his captaincy tenure, considering that Rohit would be nearly 38 years old when the third edition of the WTC concludes in 2025. The source emphasized that the selectors, led by Shiv Sunder Das, will assess Rohit’s batting form and make a decision after the conclusion of the two-match series against West Indies.

Following the West Indies Test series, India’s focus will shift to preparations for the upcoming ODI World Cup. They will only return to Test cricket after the tournament, with their next Test assignment in South Africa scheduled for December-end. This extended period provides ample time for the selectors to deliberate and make a well-informed decision, considering various factors. Additionally, the new chairman of selectors will also be part of the decision-making process.