Madan Lal
Madan Lal. Image-Twitter

Former India pacer Madan Lal is against split captaincy in Indian cricket. The topic has once again taken rage after India’s loss to New Zealand in the WTC Final in Southampton. The Indian team now lost its third ICC tournament knockout game under Virat Kohli, after the 2017 Champions Trophy final and the 2019 World Cup semi-final.

Madan Lal reckons the player who features regularly in all three formats should lead the side. While he didn’t specifically mention anyone, other than Kohli, Rohit Sharma is now part of all the formats, having secured the opening position in the Test side. Other Indians playing all three formats are Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah, but there are not in consideration for the leadership role.

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

“The kind of talent India has, we can make three teams. Amazing talent. We can never be short of talent. The player who is playing all the three formats, I feel he only should be the captain.

“Because I believe in India it is a bit different. But aane wala time, maybe…I am not saying no…At the moment, the person who is playing all three formats should lead the side,” Madan Lal told Times Now.

1983 World Cup team would definitely defeat 2011 World Cup team: Madan Lal

Madan Lal, who was part of India’s 1983 World Cup-winning side, feels that Kapil Dev’s victorious team would “definitely” beat MS Dhoni’s 2011 World Cup-winning outfit. Under Dev India won its first World Cup; Dhoni recaptured that dream after 28 years at the Wankhede. Madan Lal represented India in 39 Tests and 67 ODIs, where he picked 71 and 73 wickets respectively.

Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni
Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni. Image-Twitter

“We would have won definitely. We had all the fighters in our team, they wouldn’t have let the World Cup go. Everybody will get a chance to do well, they would have definitely won the game,” he told India Today.