According to a source, the all-rounder Hardik Pandya would most likely lead India in the forthcoming Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka, which is slated to begin on January 3 in Mumbai. The series will consist of three matches.
The series will continue with the second and third matches taking place in Pune (January 5) and Rajkot (January 7).
It is common knowledge that the damage sustained by Rohit Sharma’s thumb may require additional recuperation time. However, it is unclear at this point if Rohit would stand aside from his position as captain of the Twenty20 team or whether the situation will be put on hold for the time being.
Although it has been obvious since since India was eliminated from the Twenty20 World Cup semi-finals in Australia that there will be a change in guard once the new selection committee takes over, there has not yet been a formal notification about this matter.
Also, contrary to rumours, it has been established beyond a reasonable doubt that the Apex Council meeting did not include a debate on who will captain India’s T20 team.
“The topic wasn’t even on the agenda for the Apex Council meeting, and it wasn’t brought up in the forum either. The captaincy is a decision that can only be made by the selection committee “PTI was told by a BCCI official who was aware of the development, but they requested anonymity in order to speak freely.
However, India’s Twenty20 structure may undergo a complete overhaul, and all-rounder Hardik, who has demonstrated his aptitude for leadership while playing for the Gujarat Titans, is regarded as an ideal candidate to take over.
Rohit will make every effort to recover in time for the series against Sri Lanka, despite the fact that he has suffered a dislocation of his thumb as well as a webbing injury.
Since there are only six Twenty20 Internationals in a year and ODIs will get preference due to the fact that the 50-over World Cup is taking place, it is only imperative that Rohit might skip the T20Is unless he decides to quit the format altogether. Since Rohit is not in the scheme for the Twenty20 World Cup in 2024, it is only imperative that he might skip the T20Is.
A member of the BCCI’s old guard who previously served in an office-bearing capacity approached President Roger Binny and Secretary Jay Shah with a proposition.
“The first Twenty20 International will take place at Rohit’s home ground of Wankhede. Why shouldn’t the selectors and the BCCI secretary (Shah) give him a farewell Twenty20 match, and why can’t there be a gentle handoff of the leadership baton?” he recommended.
In the case of One-Day Internationals, on the other hand, Hardik’s level of fitness as well as his ability to effectively manage his workload will be evaluated before he is thrown into the fire.