Since Team India’s semi-final loss at the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia, there have been demands for a split captaincy. All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who has led Team India on sporadic occasions in the absence of Rohit Sharma in 2022, emerges as the obvious contender for a potential full-time T20I captain, should the management take that step.
Hardik Pandya led the Gujarat Titans (GT) to the title in their debut season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). His exploits with the IPL franchise rewarded him with the opportunity to lead the national team. Earlier this year, he guided the Men in Blue to a 2-0 series win over Ireland. The team won the three-match T20 series against the Kiwis 1-0.
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You Will See In Time Two Captains – Hemang Badani
Speaking to Sportskeeda in an exclusive interview arranged by Sony Sports, Hemang Badani said the workload of Indian cricketers makes it “practically impossible” to captain three formats at the same time.
“I think eventually it will get to a point where you will have to have split captaincy. I am somebody who believes that it is a lot tougher for one man to captain all formats and play a lot of games right now, purely from the workload point of view,” Hemang Badani said.
“It’s practically impossible for anybody to play the amount of cricket that the Indian cricketers play right now. I think you will see in time two captains or maybe three captains going forward,” he added.
Had Enough Game Time In The Past – Hemang Badani
Team India has played 38 Twenty20 internationals this year, but just four Tests, the late match was in March against Sri Lanka at home. When asked about Team India’s transition from the shortest format to traditional red-ball cricket, Badani said that if professional cricketers can’t do it, no one can.
“They are professional players, if they cannot do it, then nobody can, it is as simple as that.”
“They are the best in the world and in our country, everyone, if you look in the squad, has had enough game time in the past and they are not like newcomers, and they should be able to turn it around immediately, it is their part and parcel of the job to do it.”
For the first time since 2015, the Men in Blue are touring Bangladesh for a bilateral series. The two teams will play three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and two Tests beginning on Sunday, December 4.
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