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It was heartbreak for the Indian cricket team as they lost in a sem-final of an ICC event yet again. Since winning the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013, the side has lost in the semi-finals of every ICC event they have made. Rohit Sharma is now under the pump as a skipper after India’s semi-final loss to England.

The match turned out to be a one-sided affair as the Indian bowlers were not able to take any wickets as England openers Jos Buttler 80* and Alex Hales 86* notched up 170 in 16 overs. The stand was the best opening stand in T20 World Cups and the second-best against India. The Indian bowlers were utterly ineffective on the night which was a surprising sight.

Ian Bishop (Image Credits: Twitter)
Ian Bishop (Image Credits: Twitter)

Meanwhile, former West Indian pacer Ian Bishop who was a part of the commentary team for the World Cup has made his observation about India’s approach from here on and also shared his opinion on Rohit Sharma’s captaincy.

“I don’t think that’s the appropriate question. Is he the right man in 2 years to lead the team? That’s the most appropriate question. I think T20I is going to be a specialised format. I think it’s differentiating itself from the other two,” he said on Star Sports.

Ian Bishop Weighs In On Rohit Sharma’s Workload For Team India

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Credits: Twitter)

Bishop further made an observation of managing Rohit Sharma’s workload who did not look at his fittest in this World Cup. The Indian T20I skipper also skipped a few series to get himself ready for the T20 World Cup. Bishop said he observed Rohit Sharma’s fitness in India vs West Indies earlier this year and said that he felt that Rohit was not in great shape.

“The ideal (thing would be to) have your guy with you but if he is playing all formats of the game. I remember when the West Indies were in India earlier this year, I remember doing a toss with him and my question to him straight up was ‘yo, can you manage the workload being a man playing across formats’. That’s very very difficult. But I think, if you have got a good structure, good coach, good management, even when you are absent, taking a break, that culture continues,” Bishop said.

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Ian Bishop also gave his opinion on who among Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant can lead India in the next T20 World Cup in 2024. Pant is the vice-captain in both the T20I and ODI squads for the NZ series. Hardik will lead India in the T20Is and has been rested for the ODI series. Shikhar Dhawan will lead India in the ODIs.

“Hardik, I was so impressed with what he did in the IPL. In T20 cricket, successful teams need a risk-taker. Gambler is the wrong word but in keeping with the action format and acting captain. So I would say Hardik. I don’t if I have seen enough of Rishabh’s improvement. But he has got personality but if you can make him into one of those, I don’t think it would be a bad idea,” said Bishop as he favored Hardik as India”s next T20I captain.

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Anshuman Roy

A Hardcore Cricket Enthusiast Having Previously Worked With Cricwizz, Circle of Cricket, Times Now, The Quint, Cricfit and Now With Cricket Addictor.