Can Hardik Pandya replace Rohit Sharma?
Team India haven’t won any ICC event since taking home the Champions Trophy in England in 2013. The Rohit-led team had high expectations to bring home the championship, but those ambitions were dashed as we failed to do so and dropped our eighth consecutive knockout game since 2013.
Split captaincy was one of the few adjustments that veterans and analysts have suggested after India’s latest T20 World Cup performance. Additionally, the new selection committee will probably be required to select captains for all three versions.
The BCCI dismissed the whole Chetan Sharma-led National Selection Committee following the World Cup fiasco. Additionally, the Board has already requested new applications for the position.
The new selection committee’s primary challenge will be to address the split captaincy issue.
In order to ensure a smooth transition in the Indian dressing room, the selectors will likely choose a new T20I captain in the coming months.
Can Hardik Pandya replace Rohit Sharma as captain of India?
According to a number of media reports, Hardik Pandya may be considered as the T20I captain up till the 2024 T20 World Cup in the USA and the West Indies while Rohit Sharma may keep his position as captain for ODIs and Test cricket.
As a result of his success as the Gujarat Titans captain, Hardik Pandya was invited to the leadership group. His first assignment as a skipper was to lead the side on the Ireland tour, which India won 2-0. Because of his leadership skills and all-around excellence, Pandya has surged up the pecking order, surpassing Rishabh Pant.
His prospects of leading India on significant tours are improved by the fact that he was in charge of the squad during the just finished T20I series against New Zealand, which India won by a score of 1-0.
We must go all the way back to 2007, when India won the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa, in order to analyse their best World Cup performance. Even though they fielded strong teams in recent competitions, they lost every time.
Rohit Sharma’s performance as captain of team India
Rohit Sharma took over the T20 leadership after Virat Kohli stepped down following the T20 World Cup in 2021. In the previous 12 months, The Hitman had already broken a number of records. He surpassed Kohli’s mark of 30 games and became the second-most successful Indian T20I captain. He eclipsed MS Dhoni’s previous record for the most T20I victories by an Indian captain in a calendar year. Sharma achieved that feat following India’s triumph over South Africa in the Thiruvananthapuram T20I.
Rohit hasn’t been the T20 team’s captain on a full-time basis for very long. It’s only been a few months. But after the tournament in Australia that left hopes in tatters, the Hitman’s decision to step down as T20I captain will still be a prudent one. After this year’s World Cup, he, the team management, and the selectors must keep the big picture in mind. The next T20 World Cup will be held in the West Indies and the United States in 2024. Since Rohit would be 37 by then, he won’t certainly be a member of the team.