"Rohit Sharma only decided where to hide in the field, decisions were taken by team management": Ex-India cricketer

Atul Wassan has backed Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant for leading the T20 squad in future and claimed Rohit’s time is over.

Aakash SrivastavaAuthor

Updated - 14 November 2022 08:05 PM

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Ever since Team India crashed out of the T20 World Cup 2022, fingers have started to be pointed at the team management and captain Rohit Sharma. The Rahul Dravid & Rohit Sharma duo have now lost two back-to-back major tournaments in recent times, and a section of cricket experts in the country are demanding a major overhaul in the squad.

While Rohit Sharma-led side was knocked out of the T20 Asia Cup 2022 after suffering defeats against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, their T20 World Cup 2022 campaign ended after losing the semifinal against England in the semi-final.

Meanwhile, former Indian medium pacer Atul Wassan has backed Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant for leading the T20 squad in the future and claimed Rohit’s time is over.

"I feel Rohit’s time as Indian skipper in T20 format Is over. You always plan between two World Cups,  and I don’t think Indian cricket will gain anything by retaining him as captain. We won’t get any return with such an investment. You have two options in front of you – Hardik and Rishabh Pant,"  Wass an told ABP News.

The former India cricketer further feels that the magnitude with which Indian team lost against England was ‘unacceptable’ and shows the fact that ‘players gave up after first innings.’

"Rohit didn’t take any decision during the match. He just decided where to hide in the field. Most of the decisions were taken by the team management. Rohit is not a competitive captain anymore, and the previous zeal is not visible in him," added Wassan.

After T20 World Cup 2022 campaign, Team India is set to tour New Zealand to play a white-ball series under the captaincy of Hardik Pandya (3-T20Is) and Shikhar Dhawan (3-ODIs). After the conclusion of New Zealand tour, a full-strength India squad will tour Bangladesh to play two Test matches and three ODIs. Rohit Sharma will lead the squad in Bangladesh.

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