BCCI Secretary Jay Shah Confirms Rohit Sharma as India Captain for 2024 T20 World Cup

Rohit Sharma to lead India in 2024 T20 World Cup. (Image: AP)

Rohit Sharma to lead India in 2024 T20 World Cup. (Image: AP)

BCCI Secretary Jay Shah confirmed that Rohit Sharma will lead India at the ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

In a big development, Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Jay Shah has confirmed Rohit Sharma as India’s captain for the upcoming 2024 T20 World Cup in the USA and West Indies.

At an event to unveil the name of Niranjan Shah Stadium here in Rajkot, Shah, during his address to the gathering, spoke about the heartbreak in the ODI World Cup last year but exuded confidence in ending the wait for the ICC trophy under Rohit later this year.

“We may have lost the final of the 2023 ODI World Cup. But we won hearts thereby winning 10 matches in a row. I am confident that India will lift the 2024 T20 World Cup under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy at Barbados,” said Shah.

Shah’s statement came in the presence of India captain Rohit, coach Rahul Dravid and chairman of men’s senior selection committee Ajit Agarkar.

During the event, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah also confirmed that Rahul Dravid will continue as the coach of the Indian team till the T20 World Cup. He also went on to say that Hardik Pandya will be the vice-captain for the tournament.

The BCCI secretary Jay Shah added, “Rohit was captaining (in the past and other formats) and he came back for the Afghanistan series, which means we were going to let him continue forward.”

Rohit Sharma had not featured in the T20I side for 14 months. However, he made his return to the format in January for the series against Afghanistan. The skipper who had picked up two ducks in the first two games, came back strong in the third match bringing up his fifth century in the format. With the match going down to a double Super-Over, he also scored 13 in the first iteration and 11 in the second to help India secure the win.

“When Hardik was injured in the World Cup, who else can we give the captaincy? In the third T20I against Afghanistan, India was 22/4 and the way he took the team to 212/4, we can’t question much about him, right? He has the ability, as I said, we won ten games in the ODI World Cup. We didn’t win the final, but it’s part and parcel of the game. Whoever plays better, wins,” said Shah.

The T20 World Cup 2024 will be jointly hosted by the West Indies and the United States of America starting on June 1. The Indian team will start their campaign against Ireland on June 5 in New York. India has been grouped with Pakistan, Ireland, Canada and the USA in Group A. The top two sides will make it through to the Super-Eights.

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