India has brought a major disappointment home from their T20 World Cup campaign in Australia. The toppers of their table dwindled every time they were pitched against true competitions like South Africa and England. Such disappointments, in turn, raise questions on many and every aspect of the team. And now it seems like BCCI has decided to reflect on each of those questions. The management has decided to move ahead with split captaincy within the Indian squad, promoting Hardik Pandya as the T20I captain.
In their first move to rectify India’s trophy-less condition, BCCI sacked the senior men’s selection committee headed by Chetan Sharma. And in the latest move, the board has decided to imply split captaincy. Split captaincy calls for different captains in different formats of the game. While the captain for T20Is and ODIs can be the same, the red-ball leader is different. In this case, the board has decided to hand the specific leadership of T20Is to seasoned all-rounder Hardik Pandya.
Hardik Pandya Set to be India’s Next T20I Captain
Hardik Pandya turned maiden skipper in IPL, led Gujrat Titans to the IPL Championship win in their maiden season. For India, Pandya along with Virat Kohli proved to be the silver lining in the World Cup campaign. Pandya’s show of undenying form and intent has urged the board to appoint him as the limited-overs captain. As for the current skipper, Rohit Sharma is set to continue as the Test and ODI captain of India for the time being.
While the official statement is awaited, reports suggest that the board has finalized the decision. Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya is in New Zealand as the skipper of the Indian team for the India vs New Zealand T20I series. Senior players along with Rohit Sharma are resting at home for the away series. Moreover, Shikhar Dhawan will lead the group for the ODI series in the white-ball bilateral series against the Kiwis.