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Just now, Lone Wolf said:

He will be out of the side by the end of the cycle...  Hello Bollywood then. 

Anyways as long as new captain is not KLR..  I'd be fine.  Rohit as temporary fix & vice captaincy to Pant. 

He is still one batsmen who could if he wanted to be in pujara mode. Do you think a batting line up of gill vihari iyer pant will be able to win let alone draw any test in SENA

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3 minutes ago, neel roy said:

I dont think how this will pan out. Maybe rohit will be test captain but whatever we saw of rahul i m not confident of his captaincy as yet

Rohit will be the interim captain in all formats before hopefully retiring post the 2023 WC (a bit earlier in tests after the current 2023 WTC cycle).

 

18-20 months of competition between Rahul, Pant and Iyer in the next two IPLs to show they can be the captain after that.

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Good decision, he has definitely left behind legacy as a test captain for India, someone who championed the cause of fast bowlers & result oriented approach.

There were definitely missed opportunities along the way, some chokes & he never made any effort to back new batsman, believed in experienced cricketers who were originally backed by MSD.

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1 minute ago, ShoonyaSifar said:

Rohit will be the interim captain in all formats before hopefully retiring post the 2023 WC (a bit earlier in tests after the current 2023 WTC cycle).

 

18-20 months of competition between Rahul, Pant and Iyer in the next two IPLs to show they can be the captain after that.

I think i ll givr Rohit till 2025. If Misbah can be at his best at 40 Rohit a better player than him and hunger to succeed can be the captain till 2025. He has immaculate defence now. 

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2 minutes ago, neel roy said:

I think i ll givr Rohit till 2025. If Misbah can be at his best at 40 Rohit a better player than him and hunger to succeed can be the captain till 2025. He has immaculate defence now. 

Misbah at 42 was way more fitter than Rohit is at 34. That's the difference. As a player, there is jo comparison, Rohit is far ahead of Misbah.

 

I do hope he has worked on his fitness in the last 3-4 weeks at NCA and shed some of that belly fat.

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Damn! That was totally unexpected. An extremely sad and anti-climactic way to go. He has certainly lost favours with the BCCI. 

 

People on this forum are too harsh on him at times (or rather most times lol). He was the GOAT Indian test captain. Transformed our test bowling in ways no one had imagined. Was looking forward to him breaking the record for most test wins as captain. Sadly it not gonna happen. 

 

 

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Good on Kohli. I sense selectors may have a word with him to not take away his captaincy the way they did in ODIs. Having said that, I'd be really pissed if they gave it to KL Rahul. Rohit or Ashwin can be stop gap captains while grooming Pant to take over for long term. Kohli can concentrate on his batting and not worry about captaincy which was a task that was holding him back with purane sucking. I would be over the moon if purane also "step down" from playing :--D

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14 minutes ago, neel roy said:

He is still one batsmen who could if he wanted to be in pujara mode. Do you think a batting line up of gill vihari iyer pant will be able to win let alone draw any test in SENA

For some reason I believe our Test batting positions will take a while to settle.  We don't have next Aus/SA tour for quite a while.  Plenty of home fixtures & SL WI tours are lined up.  Exact time period we need to groom players like Gill Iyer Bihari or even Ruturaj who I think is ultimate dark horse when it comes to test spot soon. 

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