Virat Kohli’s ODI captaincy was handed over to Rohit Sharma earlier this week. The big announcement came as the BCCI announced India’s Test squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa. According to the news, Virat Kohli was not informed about the announcement. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly revealed that the team management had previously asked Virat not to step down as T20I captain. Because the administrators and the selectors wanted only one white-ball captain. However, Virat Kohli returned the post of India’s T20I captain. And soon lost his captaincy position in the 50-over format. The fans should note that the Indian team has not played ODI cricket regularly in 2021.
Furthermore, the last ODI series for the Men in Blue was against Sri Lanka. Virat Kohli did not participate. England was Kohli’s last ODI series as captain. India defeated Pakistan 2-1 in Pune in March 2021.
Indian playing XI from Virat Kohli’s last ODI match
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan as Openers
The MCA Stadium hosted the third ODI of the India vs England series on Walk 28, 2021. England won the toss and chose to bat first against India. Both Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma got the squad off to a great beginning. In addition, the first wicket was included in a total of 103 runs.
However, Rohit Sharma scored a 37-ball 37. While Shikhar Dhawan aggregated 67 runs off 56 deliveries. Both players are still regular members of the ODI team. Sharma has now become the new captain in ODIs.
Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul as Middle Order
Rishabh Pant was the top scorer in Virat Kohli’s last match as the Indian ODI captain. The southpaw smacked a 62-ball 78, hitting five fours and four sixes. Both Virat Kohli and KL Rahul failed to get going in the game. With the two batters scoring seven runs each. Also, Kohli lost his stumps to Moeen Ali, while Liam Livingstone dismissed KL Rahul.
Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya and Shardul Thakur as All Rounders
Hardik Pandya blasted a 44-ball 64 against England in that match. Also, his power-packed performance helped India. In posting a 329-run total on the board. Hardik’s brother Krunal scored 25 runs off 34 deliveries. While Shardul Thakur played a decent cameo of 30 runs. In addition, the three all-rounders bowled a cumulative total of 23 overs during the match. The only one who could take a wicket was Thakur. In his 10-over session, the right-arm bowler took four wickets.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Prasidh Krishna and T Natarajan as Bowlers
The three pacers in the Indian playing XI for that game were Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Prasidh Krishna, and T Natarajan. Kumar bowled a fantastic session of 3/42 overs. Krishna had no wickets in his seven overs. Natarajan returned with 1/73 figures. He also helped India win by defending 14 runs off the last six deliveries.