Under Rohit Sharma, Team India suffered defeats in two big multi-team tournaments in three months. In September, India failed to reach the Asia Cup final, which was a big blow following defeats to Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the Super 4. Series wins over Australia and South Africa at home restored some hope but it soon turned into disappointment as India suffered a 10-wicket loss in the semis of the T20 World Cup 2022 against England.
The defeat has again raised questions over India’s timid approach with the bat as India’s top-order struggled big time in the Powerplay. Their highest total after the first six overs was 46, against the Netherlands, with India once again being accused of playing an outdated brand of cricket in T20Is.
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With Rohit Sharma already 35 and the next T20 World Cup will be taking place in a couple of years, this is certainly the time for a change in guard, reckons former India fast bowler, Atul Wassan, who has come in support of Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant for the post, believing one of them can usher India’s T20 team into a new era.
During a char with ABP News, Atul Wasan said, “Yes, I feel so (that Rohit’s time as India’s T20 captain is over). You always plan between two World Cups and I don’t think Indian cricket will gain anything by retaining him as captain. We won’t get any return for such an investment. You have two options in front of you – Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant. I am still besides myself, can’t believe what happened. I felt as if India batted in Adelaide and England in Sharjah.”
Given the magnitude of the defeat, Atul Wasan slammed Team India for showing no fight. That England won the game wasn’t debatable but that India surrendered without much of a fight, feels Wassan.
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As a matter of fact, Atul Wassan said, “We could see two levels of cricketers. At least something should have happened. You can’t even find a fault. I feel that you can’t blame the captaincy. After all, it was the team management that was taking all decisions. Rohit Sharma did not take a single call. He only decided where to hide on the field.”