Rajkumar Sharma, Virat Kohli’s former coach, believes the selection committee led by Chetan Sharma failed to assemble a reliable Indian team and did a particularly poor job when it came to captain issues.
He claimed that the Board of Control for Cricket in India fired them for both of those things, along with some other errors (BCCI).
Just days after the Men in Blue suffered a 10-wicket setback against England in the semifinals of the 2022 T20 World Cup in Adelaide, the Indian Cricket Board issued an invitation to apply for new selectors.
Selectors failed to assemble a stable team: Rajkumar Sharma
Sharma is optimistic that the new committee will not make the same mistakes as the previous one, as the search for new selectors is already underway. Commenting on India News, the 57-year-old said:
“We had changed about eight captains in 10 months. That’s one of the reasons why I believe BCCI’s selection committee has been dissolved. They could not assemble a stable team. There was no clarity as to who would be captain in what format.
“The Indian captaincy had become musical chairs. It’s unfortunate. Hopefully the new selection committee will come out with a clear mind.”
Careful handling of Hardik Pandya is very important: Saba Karim
Former India goalkeeper Saba Karim chimed in on the captaincy discussion by pointing out that it will be difficult to get Hardik Pandya to take over as the team’s permanent captain as he has a history of fitness issues had to fight. He stated:
“The big question with Hardik is, if he plays both white ball formats, how long can he survive? Given his past fitness concerns, it’s very important to be careful with him. If he has to play the World Cup, then breaks have to be taken in between.
“On the other hand, if that mindset is applied, he cannot be named white-ball captain. The key question for the new selection committee to answer is: Who will lead India at the 2023 World Cup and who will be his deputy?”
Pandya was rested for the ODIs despite guiding India to a 1-0 win in New Zealand in the three-game T20I series. The Men in Blue are led by Shikhar Dhawan in the ODI games.
Rishabh Pant should be in the Indian ODI team: Reetinder Singh Sodhi
Team India’s wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant has been criticized for his repeated errors in T20Is. Reetinder Singh Sodhi feels his performance in another format shouldn’t affect his making the ODI selection.
In support of the inclusion of Vice (for the captain’s New Zealand series) in the ODI starting XI, Sodhi said:
“When you talk about the ODI team, Pant should definitely be there. He has fought a lot in T20Is but in ODIs he deserves the opportunity. It has not yet come to a point where we have to decide whether or not to include our vice-captain in the playing XI of our one-day team.”
The last time Pant played an ODI he hit 125* from 113 balls against England in July 2022 in Manchester.
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