Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma has added that the Chetan Sharma-led selection committee has failed to make a stable Indian team and they were also poor with matters related to captaincy. And, these two factors, alongside other mistakes, led them to be sacked by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently as well. However, the BCCI invited applications for new selectors just a few days after Team India lost to England by 10 wickets in the T20 World Cup 2022 semi-final in Australia as well.
The 57-year-old said: “We had changed around eight captains in 10 months. This is one of the reasons I feel the selection committee has been dissolved by BCCI. They couldn’t put together a stable team. There was no clarity over who would be captain in each format. Indian captaincy had become musical chairs. It’s unfortunate. Hopefully, the new selection committee comes in with a clear mindset.”
“The big question about Hardik is, if he plays both white-ball formats, how long can he survive?” – Saba Karim
While talking about the captaincy debate, former India cricketer Saba Karim shared that pushing for Hardik Pandya as the next full-time captain will be tricky keeping his fitness issues as well.
He added: “The big question about Hardik is, if he plays both white-ball formats, how long can he survive? Given his history of fitness worries, it is very important to handle him carefully. If he has to play the World Cup, then needs to be given breaks in between.“Then again, if this mode of thinking is applied, he cannot be made white-ball captain. The main question that the new selection committee will need to answer is – who will lead India in the 2023 World Cup and also who will be his deputy?”
While Hardik Pandya led Team India to a 1-0 win in the three-match T20I series in New Zealand, he won’t be available for the ODI series and Shikhar Dhawan has been leading the team in the ODI matches as well.