Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Team India drew severe flak from the fans and experts for their dismal show against Australia in the recently-concluded World Test Championship (WTC) Final at the Oval. The team faced a crushing defeat by 209 runs. 

After the massive defeat, many also questioned the leadership ability of captain Rohit Sharma. Former India selector Sarandeep Singh pointed out several reasons behind India’s loss in the crucial series. 

As per Singh, the wrong Playing XI selection was one of the main reasons behind India’s loss,

“Had Ravichandran Ashwin been there, may be this wouldn’t have been the story,” said Singh.

Pointing out issues with Rohit’s captaincy, Singh said, “a little laxity was evident in captaincy. Virat Kohli has made us habitual of seeing aggression in captaincy, of pulling up the team if it sinks. But Rohit Sharma is totally different,” he said.

Singh also took a dig at the senior players saying that they don’t click together when it comes to big matches.

“They play well in league matches but when it comes to knockouts, we falter there.” he added. 

Though there is no imminent threat to Rohit’s Test captaincy, he will need to rake up some significant numbers against West Indies to prevent a question mark over his leadership in the longest format of the game.