Ever since India lost to England in the second semifinal of the T20 World Cup 2022, the talks of an overhaul in the Indian T20I setup have been doing the rounds. As India played conservative cricket throughout the tournament and were outplayed by England- the brand ambassadors of fearless cricket, former cricketers and fans have been demanding serious changes to the Indian T20I setup.
While some have openly talked about sacking some of the senior players from the team, some have demanded a new face at the helm. Hardik Pandya’s name is being touted as Rohit Sharma’s successor in the shortest format of the game. Now, former India coach Ravi Shastri has talked about the same thing and has said that if dropping senior players will benefit the team in long run, one should not even have second thoughts about it. He also backed Pandya as the new captain in T20Is.
"I think for T20 cricket, there's no harm in having a new captain because the volume of cricket is such that for one player to play all three formats of the game is never going to be easy," Shastri told a virtual news conference as quoted by Reuters. "Rohit is already leading in one-days and Test matches. There's no harm in identifying a new T20 Captain, and if his name is Hardik Pandya, so be it."
Shastri cited England’s example while trying to explain his argument about bringing in new faces and showing seniors the way out and said India has got all resources to replicate England’s template. "They sat down and said 'We are going to change our resources, we are going to identify the best players for the format, whether it's T20 or 50-overs cricket, and if it meant certain senior players had to sit out, so be it.'
"They got in youngsters who were fearless, who could adapt to that pattern of the game without having to change too much. It's a template that can be followed easily. India has got a wealth of resources, and I think it can start now, from this tour."