Former India bowling coach Bharat Arun feels that a bowler becoming the new Test captain of the India National Cricket Team will be “challenging”.
Virat Kohli had stepped down as India’s Test captain last month after India’s 2-1 Test series defeat in South Africa against Dean Elgar-led side and so far the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not made any announcement regarding the new Test skipper.
While speaking to Sportstar, Arun said that a batsman becoming Test captain would be ideal. Talking about the possibility of veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin becoming Test captain Arun said that it would become a problem for India if the Indian team play on a seam-friendly surface because Ravindra Jadeja will be preferred as a lone spinner in the playing XI, and India will have to change the captain.
“The same with Ashwin; what if your combination changes? I would think with the present scenario, bowler becoming a captain will be challenging. You also take into account the different kinds of pitches you play on…
“What if you need to play just a lone spinner abroad and it happens to be Ravindra Jadeja because of the team strategy… then it becomes a problem, so I would rather pick a batter as a Test captain,” he explained.
There was also a debate on Bumrah captaining the side – Bharat Arun
Former Indian bowling coach also talked about the possibility of star pacer Jasprit Bumrah captaining the side. He said that Bumrah might not play all Test games due to workload management and India will have to change the captain in the middle of a series, which won’t be a good decision.
“There was also a debate on Bumrah captaining the side. The thing is will they play all Tests? With the workload management in place, would Bumrah be playing all Tests?
“What if in the middle of a series, he has to take a break? Then you have a change in leadership again. I feel it is not advisable to change a leader midway through a series unless the captain is injured,” he said.
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