Former Pakistan National Cricket Team skipper Salman Butt has shared his views on Hardik Pandya replacing Rohit Sharma as captain in T20I cricket following India’s yet another failed T20 World Cup campaign.
England hammered India by 10 wickets in the second semi-final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 at the Adelaide Oval to knock them out of the competition. After the 2007 T20 World Cup champions failed to capture the title, under the leadership of Rohit, several cricket pundits called for the appointment of Hardik as the new T20I captain.
However, Butt is not one of them as he feels that the debate over whether Hardik should be handed the reins in T20Is seems a bit premature. In a video shared on his official YouTube channel, Butt said:
“I don’t know who is seeing him as captain and who is watching such dreams. He has talent and has tasted success in the IPL. But even Rohit Sharma has been successful 5-6 times in the IPL. If he had scored well in a couple of matches (in the T20 World Cup 2022), people wouldn’t have been talking about making this change at the top.”
In the Asian subcontinent, people start talking about such drastic and big chances rather soon – Salman Butt
The 38-year-old feels that people in Asian countries start talking about huge changes pretty quickly. He also mentioned that making changes to the captaincy after every World Cup makes no sense.
“In the Asian subcontinent, people start talking about such drastic and big chances rather soon. Not all of them, but quite a few, who probably don’t understand the leveraging of the sport and how it works. Just for the sake of giving an opinion also people say, change the captain.
“Only one captain has won the World Cup, the rest of the teams have lost. Will you change the captains of all 11 teams because they lost the World Cup?,” Butt asked in his concluding statement on the debate.