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Dinesh Karthik rules on whether India should lock up Hardik as next captain | Cricket

It may not have been the way this revamped Team India had intended to start their post-T20 World Cup period, but it was a win for the Men in Blue nonetheless. Under the captaincy of Hardik Pandya, India maintained their unbeaten run as the third T20I against New Zealand on Tuesday in Napier ended in a draw via the DLS method, leaving the visitors as champions in the three-match series. After the win, Dinesh Karthik gave his verdict on whether selectors should choose Hardik as India’s future captain. The all-rounder led India while regular captain Rohit Sharma and vice-captain KL Rahul were rested.

Hardik has been hugely touted by veterans and pundits of the game to take over the reins of T20I cricket after India’s yet another disappointing T20 World Cup outing in Australia and given the age of Rohit Sharma. He had previously guided India to a 2-0 victory in Ireland and now India has won the New Zealand series 1-0 under him.

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While the focus in the series was mostly on how India would recover after the World Cup and how the fringes would make the most of the opportunities, it was certainly an opportunity for Hardik to present his case as India’s future leader, and Karthik believes he will be there sure made an impression, especially with his decisions on the pitch.

“He had a very good series, although it was a very short series. I think he made the right decisions in the limited time he was on the field. What was important even today was that when India was behind, when New Zealand batted in the 15th, it was good to look at pulling it back with the right bowling changes and the right fielding set. And then, of course, makes a statement with the bat. It shows a leader who is willing to express himself and who is willing to put his money where his mouth is,” he told Cricbuzz.

The New Zealand tour will now shift to the three-match ODI series, which kicks off in Auckland on Friday.


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