former head coach of india Ravi Shastri Looks like the next T20 World Cup is just a year away, hardik pandya India’s full-time T20I captain should be appointed.
Rohit Sharma Has been named captain of India in all formats, but has not played any T20I since the 2022 T20 World Cup. KL Rahul was his deputy in the tournament; His last T20I was also in the World Cup. Meanwhile, India have played eight T20Is, and Hardik has led them all with Rohit rested. Of those eight, India won five, lost two and tied one.
“Everyone can qualify to play, but I think Hardik will lead,” Shastri said on ESPNcricinfo. run order, “The next two World Cups [after the 2023 ODI World Cup] T20 is cricket. he is already [standby T20I] India’s captain, so he will continue till he is not fit. i think they are [the selectors] Will look towards new direction. There is a lot of talent in the youth at this time. You may have a fairly new team; If not a new team, then there will be some new faces.
“There will still be a lot of people who played in the last T20 match India played, but there will also be some new faces as what we have seen in this year’s IPL is some fresh young talent.”
In the last T20 World Cup, India’s batting intent once again came under the scanner. In semifinalHe made 168, which England achieved with ten wickets in hand and four overs to spare.
Since then, India has tried many new faces with good results. And Shastri felt they could go “the 2007 way” for the 2024 T20 World Cup. Then, with Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid ruled out, India named a relatively inexperienced side for the inaugural T20 World Cup, lifting the trophy under the captaincy of MS Dhoni.
Shastri said, “I think they will follow the way of 2007, where they will identify talent and Hardik will have many options in terms of selection.” “Because his views will be different, he has played IPL as captain of a franchise and seen many other players. He will have his inputs.”
Asked if it is Hardik who should talk to the senior players, Shastri said, “Definitely.”
Until IPL 2022, Hardik had no captaincy experience at the senior level. But he surprised everyone by guiding Gujarat Titans to the title in his debut season. This season too, the Titans have come close to the playoffs.
The only possible concern with Hardik could be his workload management as he is expected to play a big role for India in the upcoming ODI World Cup as well. Shastri said it should not be an issue as he no longer plays Test cricket.
He said, ‘It is not like he is playing three formats.’ “Everything is different now. You have Test matches, so as soon as a Test series comes around, he has got a month’s corridor to rest and recover. He is highly confident about his ability. The fact is That he is now fully fit makes one.” huge gap. Form plays an important role. When he is fit, he is arguably one of the best T20 players in the world.”
Even in November Shastri said that “there is no harm in identifying a new T20I captain, and if his name is Hardik Pandya, then so be it”.