Twitter Reacts As Hardik Pandya Leads India In The 5th T20I Against West Indies
Twitter Reacts As Hardik Pandya Leads India In The 5th T20I Against West Indies

Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya was handed over the reins as regular skipper, Rohit Sharma, opted to rest in the fifth and final T20I of the 5-match series against the West Indies on Sunday.

Rohit had a good outing in the series and he led the team to an unassailable 3-1 lead. Ahead of the final game, he opted to sit out while giving Ishan Kishan a chance to make his case to be in the playing XI.

With Rohit out, Hardik was made the captain and he will be leading for the first time since donning the same role during the Ireland tour in June. Additionally, Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav were also rested from the game.

Rohit Sharma, Avesh Khan
Rohit Sharma, Avesh Khan. (Photo: Twitter)

Shreyas Iyer also returns to the fold; it will be interesting to see where he will bat. Sanju Samson gets another opportunity following his 30-run knock in the first innings while Deepak Hooda also receives an extended run.

Speaking at the toss, Hardik said the team would look to continue the winning run and ensure there is no complacency in how they go about their business considering the match is a dead rubber.

We want to bat. We saw how the wicket slowed down yesterday. We want to bat on a fresher wicket. We are like we are not playing at Miami. 99 percent of the fans are supporting India.”

Hardik Pandya, India

No matter what happens, we have set some standards for the Indian cricket team. We need to go out there and showcase our skill set. Obviously, the coach, the captain and senior members have done a tremendous job. 4 changes to the team,” he said.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to Hardik Pandya being named the skipper:


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