The two seasoned hitters, who are 35 and 34 years old, respectively, aren't going anywhere anytime soon. While Rohit Sharma's performance in the T20 World Cup 2022 was unquestionably the worst it could be, Virat Kohli did manage to light up the stage in a couple of India's matches. The main concern is, though, what the pair's prospects are in the shortest format given that the next T20 World Cup won't happen until 2024.
Tom Moody, a former Australian cricketer, believes that Rohit and Kohli shouldn't represent India in the upcoming T20I schedules. According to Moody, the management of the squad should concentrate on creating a fresh side made up of younger players.
"With two years to play out, I’d be surprised if they play a lot of T20 cricket for India between now and that World Cup. And I think that decision will be something that they’ll need to sit down with the cricket board and work out six months prior to that World Cup. Because I don’t see any point in them playing any T20 cricket for India, apart from franchise cricket of course, to that point, because it’s a great platform to look to develop the players that we’ve been talking about", said Moody.
In the semi-final, which India lost by 10 wickets, Moody also stressed the "difference" between Indian and English hitters during the powerplay.
"In the powerplay, there was a simple difference with the approach and intent that we’ve been talking about. Five boundaries by India, 10 by England. The way that Jos Buttler and Alex Hales batted, they didn’t have a margin of error purely because they put so much pressure on them (Indian bowlers)," said Moody.
Some players, including KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli, will go on a break. The upcoming Indian trip of New Zealand will feature a lot of young players donning Indian blue against New Zealand.