England all-rounder Moeen Ali has backed Hardik Pandya to become India’s next T20I skipper. Debates about split captaincy gained weight after India failed to make the finals of yet another World Cup. They lost the semi-final of the recently concluded T20 World Cup against England to bow out of the tournament. Hardik was rested for the series against New Zealand. He is also rested for the upcoming ODI and Test series against Bangladesh.
Moeen Ali, who is plying his trade in the ongoing T10 League spoke exclusively to ANI on who he thinks is the best candidate to captain India in the T20I format. He is leading the Morrisville Samp Army one of the two new teams inducted into the league this season.
Make Hardik Pandya Captain Of Team India: Moeen Ali
“Make Hardik Pandya captain of team India. He is the best option team India have right now,” said Moeen.
The England all-rounder also reflected back on India vs England semi-final. The Men in Blue were guilty of not playing their leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal throughout the tournament. The absence of a leg spinner cost India in the tournament felt Ali.
“Not playing leg spinner that day cost team India a lot. In my opinion, if a leg spinner would have played in the team that day, the situation could have been different,” expressed the all-rounder.
Moeen Ali further said that he felt India lacked a few runs in the game. India scored 168/6 on the back of Hardik Pandya’s 63 and Virat Kohli’s 50. Jos Buttler (80*) and Alex Hales (86*) chased down the target in just 16 overs and won the game with 10 wickets to spare.
“Yes we were confident that day as India was short of runs and we expected that they could put around 200 or plus on score board but they posted 160 plus. Our batsman were confident of smashing Indian bowlers and that’s what they did,” said the England all-rounder.
Ali also spoke about playing in the T10 League, a format which is a 10-overs per side game. His team, the Morrisville Samp Army is currently placed fourth on the points table and will play their last league game against Norther Warriors on December 2.
“This format is very unique and fast and it’s very difficult for bowlers to ball as batsmen totally smash the bowlers” he concluded saying.