Former Indian spinner, Harbhajan Singh has suggested that the management should consider including Ashish Nehra in the coaching staff to assist Rahul Dravid in T20Is after their semi-final exit from the T20 World Cup. He also suggested the name Hardik Pandya should be named the captain of the T20 squad. ‘
With India’s loss against England in the semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2022, there have been talks going on for changes in the team. The Men in Blue suffered a disappointing 10-wicket defeat in the knockout match as the bowlers failed to challenge the opening duo of Alex Hales and Jos Buttler. India has been exiting from the knockouts of the ICC events since 2014 and their wait for a trophy has been prolonged with the loss.
Several former cricketers have shared their points of view about the probable changes in the Indian team. Harbhajan Singh also shared his opinion saying that the team should include Ashish Nehra in the coaching staff for T20Is, citing the example of his recent tenure with Gujarat Titans while he also come in support of Hardik Pandya to lead the Indian team in the future.
During a recent conversation with India Today, Harbhajan Singh said, “It’s not just the captain. If you can bring someone who has just retired from T20 cricket recently, someone who understands the format. I think if you don’t want to remove Dravid from T20I as a coach then help him with someone who has recently retired.”
He further added, “Someone like Ashish Nehra who has got a great cricketing brain. Look what he has done there at Gujarat Titan. For captaincy, Hardik Pandya is my choice. There is no better choice. He is the best player in the team and you need more people like him in the team.”
India will now be touring New Zealand for a couple of white-ball series and Hardik will captain the side in T20Is. The team’s performance might dictate the fate of Hardik as the skipper of the Indian side.