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Jay Shah Confirms Hardik Pandya Emerges As Leading Candidate For T20I Captaincy
By CricShots - Jul 1, 2024 1:34 pm
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Rohit Sharma has officially retired from T20 Internationals, marking the end of a distinguished chapter in his cricketing career. His decision comes after leading India to a triumphant World Cup title, making his exit both memorable and strategic. Alongside Rohit, cricketing stalwarts Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja have also decided to end their T20I careers, creating significant vacancies in the squad and signalling the start of a new era for Indian cricket.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya

This transition period not only requires new players to step up but also necessitates the appointment of a new T20I captain. Hardik Pandya, who has previously captained the team in Rohit’s absence, is widely considered the leading candidate.

However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has yet to make an official announcement, with Secretary Jay Shah indicating that the final decision will rest with the selectors. “Captaincy will be decided by the selectors, and we will announce it after discussing with them,” Jay Shah told PTI.

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Hardik Pandya’s performance in the T20 World Cup was a significant rebound after a lackluster IPL 2024. He proved his worth by scoring 144 runs at a striking rate of 151.57 and taking 11 wickets at an economy rate of 7.64, playing a crucial role in India’s championship victory.

Jay Shah expressed confidence in Pandya, stating, “There were a lot of questions over his form, but we and the selectors showed faith in him, and he proved himself.” Despite being the apparent frontrunner, Hardik Pandya has remained reserved about the possibility of becoming Rohit’s successor.

jay shah
Jay Shah

Reflecting on the retirements, he said, “There is a lot of time before 2026. I am very happy for both Rohit and Virat—two giants and legends of Indian cricket who thoroughly deserved this. It has been amazing playing with them for so many years. We all will miss them, but this is the best farewell we can give them.”

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Shah also commented on the broader implications of these retirements, noting that the transition phase for the Indian team has already begun. “Transition has already happened with three greats retiring,” he remarked. As the team navigates this period of change, the focus will be on integrating new talents and building a squad capable of continuing India’s legacy of cricketing excellence.