Former India international Subramaniam Badrinath raised his questions regarding Rohit Sharma’s leadership skills after India’s defeat at the hands of South Africa in the Boxing Day Test in Centurion.

Badrinath opined that Virat Kohli should lead the team in red-ball cricket. He mentioned that Rohit doesn’t have a good track record outside India and also questioned his place in the playing XI.

“Kohli is an exceptional Test captain with over 5000 runs, 40 wins, and 17 losses in 68 Tests. He led the team to a remarkable victory in the Australia series and has the fourth-most wins as Test captain.

Why isn’t Virat Kohli the Test team captain? He’s a better Test batter than Rohit. Why is a weaker player leading instead of him? Although Rohit Sharma has been in and out, he’s a big player and has scored runs everywhere. But he hasn’t proven himself as an opener outside India. So, why is he there?” Badrinath said on his YouTube channel.

After the match, the 36-year-old mentioned that no one other pace supported Jasprit Bumrah in the middle and added that the team shouldn’t have leaked so many runs. He also added that Prasidh Krishna is inexperienced in this format, and expects him to get better.

Virat Kohli has led India to a series win in Australia as a captain and numerous memorable Test and series wins in England, South Africa, West Indies and Sri Lanka.

As a captain, Virat scored 5,608 runs in Tests at an average of 53.40, with 18 centuries and 18 fifties in 111 innings and the best score of 254*. Under his leadership, India was the number-one Test team for multiple years in a row.

Rohit has a fine Test record, having scored 3,682 runs in 53 Tests at an average of 45.45, with 10 centuries and 16 fifties in 90 innings. But his record in SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand and South Africa) nations, where India has been weak historically, is not very good.