India suffered a rather forgettable ten-wicket defeat in the T20 World Cup 2022 semi-final match against England at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday (November 10). The defeat has raised many questions regarding changes to the current set-up as well. And former India spinner Harbhajan Singh has also shared his views on this.
Notably, captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid both came under the scanner. They have been facing a lot of criticism for India’s failure, inability to reach the finals, moreover, for their poor performance in the big stages.
Meanwhile, Rohit’s performance with the bat also became a matter of concern as he just scored 116 runs in six innings at a poor strike rate of 106.42 in the T20 World Cup 2022.
However, Harbhajan Singh applauded the head coach for having a great brain but suggested that India needs someone who recently retired from T20I cricket, like former India speedster Ashish Nehra.
“It’s not just the captain. If you can bring someone who has just retired from T20 cricket recently, someone who understands the format. You know, with all due respect to Rahul Dravid, he was my colleague and we played a lot of cricket together, he has a great brain,” said Harbhajan Singh to India Today.
“But I think if you don’t want to remove Dravid from T20I as a coach then help him with someone who has recently retired. Someone like Ashish Nehra who has got a great cricketing brain. Look what he has done there at Gujarat Titans. It will also encourage the young guys with what Ashish will bring into the team. It could also be anyone, who just retired,” Harbhajan Singh again shared.
Harbhajan Singh picks Hardik Pandya as next T20 captain
Moreover, Harbhajan Singh also suggested a change in the captaincy for the T20I team with Hardik Pandya as a possible contender as well. He named the India all-rounder as the best player in the current side and stated that there is no other better choice as a captain now.
“For captaincy, Hardik Pandya is my choice. There is no better choice. He is the best player in the team and you need more people like him in the team,” Harbhajan Singh concluded.