Rahul Dravid, the head coach of India, has refuted allegations that the team is using a divided captaincy system. The rumours started following India’s abrupt withdrawal from the T20 World Cup last year and the subsequent exclusion of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and KL Rahul from the T20 team for the forthcoming series against the Black Caps as well as the series against New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
Hardik Pandya, who has taken over as the T20 team’s captain in place of Rohit Sharma, is widely regarded as the favourite to lead the squad at the 2024 T20 World Cup.
Rahul Dravid Denies India Adopting Split Captaincy
Rahul Dravid asserted that the selection committee finally makes the choice and that he is not aware of any divided captaincy scheme.
“Not that I am aware of (India adopting split captaincy). That’s a question you need to ask the selectors but as of now, I don’t think so,” Dravid said at the pre-match press conference ahead of the 3rd ODI between India and New Zealand.
Rohit Sharma Not Giving Up On T20 Format
Along with urging patience, Dravid hinted that stars like Kohli, Rohit, and Rahul may be nearing the end of their careers as the Indian T20 side goes through a period of rebuilding. Rohit Sharma hasn’t yet decided how long he’ll play in the T20 format, though.
“We have three T20Is against New Zealand. We will see what happens after IPL. I have not decided to give up the format,” Rohit had said earlier this month.
Overall, the Indian T20 team’s future is still unclear due to persistent reports of a divided captaincy and a reconstruction.
However, Rohit Sharma’s resistance to abandoning the T20 format and Dravid’s denial of the divided captaincy concept imply that the squad may be proceeding more cautiously with any changes. How the squad will change and who will be its future leader are questions that will only be answered with time.