5 Reasons Why Indian Cricket Team Should Have 3 Different Captains For All 3 Formats. While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sacked the entire senior men’s selection committee, reports also emerged that the Men in Blue are set to go for a split captaincy approach.
As per some news reports, when the new selection committee takes charge, it will be mandated to pick captains across three formats, which basically points towards a move in the direction of split captaincy.
Apparently, Rohit Sharma will remain captain in ODIs and Tests for the time being. However, Hardik Pandya is likely to take charge of the T20I team until the 2024 T20 World Cup in West Indies and the USA. With Rohit Sharma being rested for the previous New Zealand tour, Hardik Pandya was named captain of the T20I squad, while Shikhar Dhawan led the ODI team.
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Following Team India’s inability to lift the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia recently, the chorus has grown to replace Rohit Sharma as T20I captain with Hardik Pandya.
5 Reasons Why Indian Cricket Team Should Have 3 Different Captains For All 3 Formats
1. Impractical To Expect 1 Captain To Lead Across Formats
Considering the amount of workload on modern-day players these days, it is absolutely impractical to expect one cricketer to lead the team in all three formats. There was a time till the 1990s when cricket had an “off-season” – a period during which players could rejuvenate as well as prepare for the upcoming challenges.
With the addition of the T20 format to Tests and ODIs in 2005, the concept of an off-season was thrown out of the window. Instead of having one leader for all formats and allowing him to take breaks, which hampers the momentum and morale of the squad, it would be better to have different leaders at least for white-ball and red-ball cricket. Such a move would enable greater consistency with regard to the availability of captains.