Despite being favourites Team India once again failed at a crucial juncture at an ICC event as the side got knocked out of the T20 World Cup 2022 from the semi-final stage of the tournament. Although India’s defeat came as a shocker for the Indian cricket fraternity the convincing manner in which England won meant deeper wounds for the Men in Blue.
England openers – Jos Buttler and Alex Hales – stitched a match-winning partnership in the middle to ensure a 10-wicket win over Team India. While several retired cricketers suggested a major overhaul in the T20 format, former Indian pacer Atul Wassan has come up with a unique opinion.
According to the ex-India cricketer, a world-cup winning captain must be appointed as the non-playing Indian captain, just like in Tennis.
“It’s time that a non-playing captain does the job in the T20 format, just like in tennis. I think MS Dhoni should be made the non-playing captain of the Indian team in the T20 format,” Wassan said on ABP News.
Taking a critical stance on the performance of Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, Wassan claimed that Rohit was not so competitive, and the majority of the decisions were taken by the team management.
"Rohit was only hiding himself in the field. We are watching two levels of cricket today. Now a days, team management is equally involved in all the decision and that pushed captain of the team to the backseat. We can’t fully blame Rohit Sharma for the kind of results we had at the end of the T20 World Cup," Wassan added.
The Indian cricketer also named Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant as two probable candidates to lead the squad in the T20 format as both are young and have a lot of potential.
“Hardik and Rishabh are the two best options. They have shown a lot of potential in the IPL. Selectors must trust them to lead the side and give them free hand before the T20 World Cup 2024,” concluded Wassan.
Meanwhile, Team India is all set to take on New Zealand in a white-ball series. Hardik Pandya will lead the side in the three T20Is, while Shikhar Dhawan has been appointed skipper for the three-match ODIs.