As soon as the squad lost in the semifinals of the T20 World Cup the previous year, with Hardik Pandya captaining India in the shortest format, there were plans in motion to create a team for the future. However, Aakash Chopra, a former India opener, believes that there won’t be any significant changes to the captaincy till the ODI World Cup later this year.
The team management says that veteran players Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been rested to keep them sharp for greater challenges, but no formal word on succession has been heard from them as of yet.
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Rohit Sharma Will Continue To Be The Captain Till The World Cup: Aakash Chopra
Although the end may be a few years away, it is no secret that the current crop of Indian stars is in their 30s and in the later stages of their professional careers. As a result, early planning is necessary. There are many people who can step in to fill their shoes.
Aakash Chopra predicts that Rohit will keep to captain India in the Tests and ODIs, while all-arounder Pandya should continue to be in charge of the T20I team.
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“I don’t think we will see a single captain for all formats just yet, I think those days are over. Rohit Sharma will be the Test team’s captain till the WTC, that’s not going to change – it is going to stay like that.
Hardik Pandya is currently the captain in the T20 format, and I think he will continue to do so and in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024, you will see Pandya be the captain of the Indian team,” Aakash Chopra said on JioCInema’s new daily sports show Aakashvani.
“In One-Day cricket, Rohit Sharma will continue to be the captain till the World Cup. But I think in the long term, in terms of India’s captaincy, it will be Shubman Gill and Rishabh Pant. These are my two candidates for India’s captaincy in the future,” Aakash Chopra added.
Rishabh Pant is expected to remain out for several months while he recovers from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in December. Although Gill had previously captained India, he has not yet experienced being a top-level captain.
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