According to the Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma will retain the captaincy of the Test and the ODI teams while Hardik Pandya will be appointed as the full-time T20I skipper ahead of the 2024 T20 World Cup as the BCCI is bracing up for split captaincy. Indian cricket has hardly had different captains for different formats on a long-term basis.
The trend is likely to end soon and Hardik Pandya will be expected to become India’s first-ever only T20I captain. As per PTI, the BCCI will be going for split captaincy when the new selection committee takes over. On the board on Friday (November 18) removed all the selectors and advertised 5 vacant posts.
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As per PTI, the selection committee will report to the apex council and they will be appointing a captain for each format. With a 50-over World Cup in 2023, the selection committee is unlikely to make any changes to the present captain. Since there are 2 complete years left for the 2024 T20 WC, the selectors can try out a new full-time T20I captain and also give youngsters ample chances on the road to the ICC event.
Hardik has already proven his mettle as a captain in the shortest format of the game. The star all-rounder captained Gujarat Titans to an IPL title win in their debut season. Pandya’s success saw him joining the leadership group in T20Is and he made his captaincy debut against Ireland. He is ahead of Rishabh Pant in the pecking order and could be named the next T20I captain.
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KL Rahul is the present deputy skipper of the Indian team across the formats. Rahul is an all-format player and is expected to miss many T20Is before next year’s 50-over World Cup. Apart from a new captain, Team India might undergo drastic changes in the T20I side and many youngsters could be given a long rope.
Hardik Pandya is leading India in the ongoing T20I series against New Zealand. Shikhar Dhawan will captain the ODI team.