Krishnamachari Srikkanth, the former Indian cricketer and ex-chairman of the senior men’s selection committee, said that if he were the current chief selector, he would appoint Hardik Pandya as the side’s captain until the 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup and move on to the next building up the squad for the upcoming three match T20I series against New Zealand. In Australia’s recently concluded T20 World Cup, India progressed to the semi-finals of the tournament by becoming table top Group 2 winners, winning four of their five matches. But their quest to end the nine-year wait for a World Cup trophy came to an abrupt halt with a crushing 10-wicket loss to eventual champions England in the semi-final at Adelaide Oval, leading to India’s heavy was criticized for playing an outdated version of T20 cricket.
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Pandya, who led Gujarat Titans to winning the 2022 IPL, will captain Rohit Sharma in the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand from Friday in Wellington. The series also marks the start of India’s road to the next edition of the T20 World Cup in 2024, which will be jointly hosted by the West Indies and the US.
“If I were the chairman of the selection committee, I would say that Hardik Pandya should be the captain of the 2024 World Cup, I would put it this way – number one. And start rebuilding a squad from today.” , which is from the New Zealand series that will take place in a week.”
“You start from today, the preparation for the World Cup, you have to understand, starts 2 years in advance. So you do what you want to do, the policy of trial and error, do what you want, try it for a year, then you form a team and make sure that by 2023 this is at the level that will play the World Cup,” Srikkanth said on the ‘Match Point’ show on Star Sports.
Srikkanth also called on India to identify all-rounders like Deepak Hooda who could play different roles in the T20 World Cup. “You need more fast all-rounders. Let’s see, 1983 World Cup, 2011 World Cup, 2007 T20 World Cup, why did we win? We had a lot of fast all-rounders and semi-all-rounders. So, to identify these guys – guys like Hooda, like Hooda, there will be so many more Hoodas.”
Irfan Pathan, former left arm pacer in India and 2007 T20 World Cup winner, believes the squad should create a few leaders in case Pandya gets injured and might not captain the T20 team. In the T20Is against New Zealand, Rishabh Pant will serve as Pandya’s substitute.
“So I’m not saying if you change the captain you change the result, if you go like this you’re not going to change the result. And with Hardik Pandya you have to understand, we all have to understand, that he is a fast bowling all-rounder He also has injury problems.’
“What if he’s your captain who gets injured just before the World Cup? And if you don’t have another leader ready, you’re in trouble. So what I personally think is that Hardik Pandya is a leader, who has done very well in the Gujarat Titians, won IPL, won the championship trophy.
“You have to find not one, but two leaders who move forward to make their mark. You know just like we talk about openers – we need a group of openers, we also need a group of leaders.”
Former West Indies pacemaker Ian Bishop stressed that with the amount of talent available in India, selectors need to make the right choices in the future while selecting the right players in the Indian T20I squad. “That’s always been what selection has always been about, if it was that easy to pick the guys who are at the top of the stats you wouldn’t need a selector.
“Anyone can go base and form a team, but you have to look beyond the numbers, who bowls what well in what circumstances, who plays the tough games. So that’s where the real selector makes his money.”
“Look, I still think there’s a boy named Mohsin Khan who plays in the IPL. And that’s another one I can remember as well, there are several very talented players who are still in the country. I think that the talent is there to win the World Cup, it’s just a matter of picking the right people at the right time, there’s just too much talent available.”