For a long time, the policy of having separate leaders in white-ball and Test cricket has been a source of contention. Several countries have decided to have a divided captaincy over the years: England has Eoin Morgan as white-ball captain while Joe Root leads the team in Tests; Australia has Aaron Finch as ODI and T20I captain while (previously) Tim Paine and currently Pat Cummins lead the squad in Test cricket. After Test captain Virat Kohli announced his decision to stand down as T20I captain, the BCCI chose to replace him in ODIs as well, with Rohit Sharma in charge.

Ravi Shastri, the former India coach, has seen both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma up close and personal, and arguably knows more about their cricket acumen than most.

Shastri final job as India’s coach was the T20 World Cup, spoke about India’s decision to split captaincy in white-ball cricket, with Rohit Sharma gaining sole control.

Ravi Shastri compares the leadership style of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma  - Cricket India Show
Ravi Shastri with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli

“I think it’s the right way to go. And this could be a blessing in disguise for Virat, and for Rohit. Because I don’t think in this era, if the bubble life exists for another year or so, one guy to handle all three, it’s not easy at all,”On a Star Sports broadcast, Shastri stated.

“I honestly feel inside that it could be a blessing in disguise for Virat. He can focus on the red-ball. There is no problem there. He should lead for as long as he wants to lead because what he brings on the field, that energy, very few captains can do in Test match cricket. So, he will be there but it will allow him to just sit back a bit, reflect a little more on his game, because he has got a good five-six, years left,”said the former Indian cricketer.

Virat Kohli is playing with the Indian team in South Africa for a three-match Test series.