India are currently in New Zealand for the white-ball series and have won the three-match T20I series 1-0. The first match in Wellington was abandoned without a ball being bowled. The Hardik Pandya-led team won the second T20I by 65 runs. The third T20I ended in a tie through the Duckworth-Lewis method after the game ended abruptly due to rain and the scores were level.
Hardik Pandya has raced ahead of KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant to become India’s next limited-overs skipper. He guided India to series wins in Ireland and now New Zealand, and he led the Gujarat Titans to the title in their debut season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). KL Rahul is still the vice-captain, but his performance in the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup has cast doubt on his place in the shortest format of the game.
I will lead the team my way – Hardik Pandya
Former Indian cricketers Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri have picked star all-rounder Hardik Pandya as India’s next T20I captain. When asked about it, Hardik said that if he is considered for a leadership role in the future, he will captain the team in his own way, and his team will play the brand of cricket he knows best.
“Koi agar bol raha hai toh accha feel hota hai (If people are saying, you feel good about it) but till something happens officially, you can’t say,” Pandya said on Tuesday in the post-match press conference.
“To be honest, my thing is simple, if I do one match or one series, I will lead the team my way, how I see and perceive the game. Whenever I am given the opportunity, I will always go out and play the brand of cricket I know. As a unit, we will display my brand. As far as whatever (captaincy) comes in future, we will see,” he said.
Following the T20I series, India will play New Zealand in a three-match One-Day International series. The ODI team will be led by Shikhar Dhawan, with the first match taking place at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday, November 25.