Ravi Shashtri Advises India to Pick New T20 Captain

India needs to appoint a new captain for T20 matches to revive their losses, according to the former head coach.

35-year-old Rohit Sharma is the India captain across all formats, but after their T20 World Cup semi-final defeat, many feel it is time to bring in younger blood.

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India will tour New Zealand with Hardik Pandya leading the Twenty20 squad and Shikhar Dhawan leading the one-day side. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul are both resting.

“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.

“Rohit is already leading in one-day and test matches. There’s no harm in identifying a new T20 Captain, and if his name is Hardik Pandya, so be it.”

It was impressive how England transformed into a white-ball juggernaut and won the T20 World Cup on Sunday, becoming the first team to hold both the 50-overs and 20-overs global titles.

He thought it was irrelevant that India’s players participate in leagues outside the country to prepare themselves.

“They are absolutely fine playing IPL (Indian Premier League) and focusing on domestic cricket,” he added.

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