The selection of Suryakumar Yadav as captain of the Indian cricket team for the upcoming T20I series against South Africa has been met with mixed reactions. Some have praised the decision, believing that it is an opportunity for Yadav to prove himself as a leader, while others have expressed concerns about his lack of experience in the role. Yadav’s appointment comes as a result of the BCCI’s decision to rest Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli from the white-ball leg of the tour.
This decision has sparked debates about the future of Rohit and Kohli in the T20I format, with some suggesting that their time at the top may be coming to an end. Former India pacer Ashish Nehra has weighed in on the debate, stating that the selection of Yadav is a “tricky one” for the selectors. He also believes that Hardik Pandya’s injury has further complicated the situation.
“I don’t know about captaincy, there is still time. It is a tricky one for the selectors also. Hardik Pandya also got injured and it will be interesting to see when he comes back into the Indian side. If Hardik Pandya plays straight in the IPL, it will be difficult for any selection committee,” Ashish Nehra said on Jio Cinema.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding the future of Rohit and Kohli, Nehra believes that they still have a place in the Indian team if they want it.
“Somebody like Rohit Sharma. Somebody like Virat Kohli. If they are fit, we do not need to discuss their form. Definitely, they will be there in the Caribbean and USA,” he added.
The decision to rest Rohit and Kohli from the South Africa tour has also raised questions about their commitment to the T20I format. However, a BCCI source has stated that Rohit is still open to leading the team in the T20 World Cup next year if he decides to continue playing the shortest format.
“Rohit has been offered T20 captaincy but he is in UK on a holiday and wants an extended break after four months of gruelling season till end of the World Cup. But as captain, he has the highest respect for the dressing room and if he agrees to lead India in T20 World Cup, he will lead,” a BCCI source told PTI on condition of anonymity.
The selection of Yadav as T20I captain is a gamble for the BCCI, but it is also an opportunity for him to prove himself as a leader. Whether he succeeds or fails, he will gain valuable experience that will serve him well in the future.