Former head coach Ravi Shastri stated on Thursday that India must appoint a new Twenty20 captain and adopt England’s model in order to resurrect its fortunes in this format.
The 35-year-old Rohit Sharma remains India’s all-format captain, but the team’s semi-final exit from the T20 World Cup in Australia has prompted calls for a new captain. Rohit and fellow batsmen Virat Kohli and KL Rahul have been rested for India’s tour of New Zealand, where Hardik Pandya will lead the Twenty20 squad and Shikhar Dhawan will lead the One-Day International squad.
Shastri told a virtual news conference, “There is no harm in having a new captain for T20 cricket because the volume of cricket is such that it is difficult for one player to play all three formats of the game.” “Rohit already holds the lead in both one-day and test matches. There is no harm in naming a new T20 captain, and if Hardik Pandya is chosen, so be it.”
The former all-rounder was impressed by England’s transformation into a white-ball powerhouse and Sunday’s T20 World Cup victory, which made them the first team to simultaneously hold the 50-overs and 20-overs global titles. “They sat down and declared, ‘We are going to change our resources, we are going to identify the best players for the format, whether it’s T20 or 50-overs cricket, and if that meant certain senior players would have to sit out, so be it.'”
“They recruited fearless youngsters who were able to adapt to the game’s pattern without having to make significant adjustments.”
It is a template that can be easily followed. India has a wealth of resources, and I believe this tour can begin immediately.”
The 60-year-old did not believe it was necessary for India players to participate in foreign T20 leagues in order to become accustomed to those conditions. They are perfectly content playing in the Indian Premier League and concentrating on domestic cricket.
We require that they also play domestic cricket.