Former India National Cricket Team player and selector Saba Karim was disappointed to see Team India appointing KL Rahul as skipper for the Zimbabwe series and demoting Shikhar Dhawan to the vice-captaincy role. He said that giving captaincy responsibility to Rahul was not at all important and veteran batter Dhawan should have been given importance.
Initially, Dhawan was announced as Team India’s skipper for the Zimbabwe tour. However, KL Rahul, who was a last-minute addition to the squad, replaced Dhawan as the captain a few days after the squad announcement.
Speaking to India News Sports, Karim slammed the BCCI for not giving importance to veteran left-handed opening batsman Dhawan.
“KL Rahul should have played the series only as a member, making him captain or vice-captain is not that important. He is coming after a long break. Shikhar Dhawan is a senior member of the squad who has delivered in white-ball cricket. You have to give him importance once you make the announcement as captain,” he said.
The India tour of Zimbabwe 2022 will consist of a three-match ODI series that will be played on August 18, 20 and 22 in Harare.
Dhawan inspired the youngsters as a leader – Saba Karim
Former India National Cricket Team selector further showered praise on Dhawan for his incredible captaincy in the recently concluded three-match ODI series against West Indies where India whitewashed the Men In Maroon.
“I would like to add that Shikhar led the side very well against West Indies in the ODI series. He was also decent with the bat. India whitewashed the series with a bunch of youngsters. A lot of them performed very well under his captaincy. Dhawan looked in complete control, whether it was the field setup, tactics, or strategy. He inspired the youngsters as a leader,” he said.
Karim added that the captaincy change trend of the BCCI is strange and questionable. He also said that suddenly removing a player as a captain after initially handing him over the captaincy responsibility affects the morale of the player.
“The kind of change in captaincy trend is strange and questionable. Such decisions need to be taken very cautiously. There is no need to rush as it is associated with a team environment, you need to build the team spirit. A captain begins to think about his plans for upcoming matches and then you suddenly make a change. It affects the morale of the cricketer.”
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