Hemang Badani backs spilt captaincy in Indian Cricket
By SMCS - Dec 3, 2022 12:32 pm
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Former player Hemang Badani believes that a split captaincy is necessary with the way Indian cricket is progressing with time. Meanwhile, the news has been going around regarding this ever since Team India’s semi-final exit from the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. Notably, all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who has led Team India in the absence of Rohit Sharma, comes as the automatic choice for a potential full-time T20I captain as well.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya played a flamboyant knock

When asked about this, Hemang Badani said in an exclusive interaction with Sportskeeda, arranged by Sony Sports: “I think eventually it will get to a point where you will have to have split captaincy. I am somebody who believes that it is a lot tougher for one man to captain all formats and play a lot of games right now, purely from the workload point of view. It’s practically impossible for anybody to play the amount of cricket that the Indian cricketers play right now. I think you will see in time two captains or maybe three captains going forward.”

However, Team India have seen a lot of captains over the course of the last 12 months and Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, and KL Rahul are among them to have led the national side as well. Meanwhile, Team India have played 38 T20Is this year alongside four Tests, with the last one coming in March against Sri Lanka at home as well.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya dismissed Haider Ali

Hemang Badani again said: “They are professional players, if they cannot do it, then nobody can, it is as simple as that. They are the best in the world and in our country, everyone, if you look in the squad, has had enough game time in the past and they are not like newcomers, and they should be able to turn it around immediately, it is their part and parcel of the job to do it.”

However, Team India are touring Bangladesh for a bilateral series for the first time since 2015, playing three ODIs and two Tests beginning on Sunday, December 4 as well.