In the T20 World Cup 2022, the Indian team led by Rohit Sharma had to face an embarrassing defeat by 10 wickets at the hands of England in the semi-finals. With this defeat, Team India’s dream of winning the T20 World Cup once again got shattered. The performance of the Indian team in last year’s T20 World Cup was also poor. Then under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, the Men in Blue could not even decide the journey of the semi-finals.
Rohit Sharma’s captaincy is in question after his poor performance in the T20 World Cup and questions are also being raised on his strategies. There is every possibility that all-rounder Hardik Pandya may be made the captain of the T20 team in the near future as the BCCI is also aiming to prepare a team for the next T20 World Cup from now on. Anyway, the next T20 World Cup is to be played in the year 2024. By then Rohit Sharma will be 37 years old.
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Hardik Pandya has all the qualities to become a captain
If seen, 29-year-old Hardik Pandya has presented himself as a leader this year and the world is seeing the tremendous leadership potential inside him. Hardik Pandya is consistently showing a great game with bat and ball. He does not allow pressure on himself at all, which makes him different from the rest of the players. The patience that Hardik showed with the bat in the Asia Cup or T20 World Cup was commendable.
You will remember that before the start of IPL 2022, hardly any cricket expert had described Gujarat Titans as a contender for victory. But due to the captaincy of Hardik Pandya, this new fledgling team became the IPL champion. During that time, along with his captaincy, Hardik performed batting and bowling brilliantly.
Hardik Pandya scored 487 runs in 15 matches in IPL 2022 at an average of 44.27, which included four half-centuries. The special thing is that Hardik was the highest run-scorer for Gujarat in that season. Hardik’s captaincy and batting came to the fore even in moments of pressure. In IPL 2022, Hardik had taken a total of eight wickets at an average of 27.75.
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India won all three matches under the captaincy of Hardik
Hardik Pandya has captained Team India in three T20 matches so far and the Men in Blue have won all. That is, India’s record has been 100 percent under Hardik’s captaincy. Hardik handled the Indian team in two T20 matches played against Ireland. After this, he also got a chance to captain the West Indies in a T20 match. Hardik Pandya is currently on a tour of New Zealand where he is going to captain the Indian team in the three-match T20 series.
…then Hardik will turn the fate of the team?
If Hardik captains well in the series against New Zealand, then BCCI may soon make him the full-time captain in T20 cricket as well. With the T20 World Cup still two years away, if Hardik Pandya gets the responsibility, he will have enough time to prepare a world-winning team. In the history of T20 World Cup, the Indian team has been able to become champion only once in the year 2007. It has been 15 years since then but the Indian team’s bag is empty. Hardik, as a captain, has full potential to end this drought. Now it remains to be seen when he gets the captaincy of the Indian T20 team.