Kapil Dev and Hardik Pandya. PC- Twitter
Kapil Dev and Hardik Pandya. PC- Twitter

Indian cricket is on the verge of a transformation, and there could be a change in captaincy after the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 at home. All-rounder Hardik Pandya has been considered India’s future white-ball captain. Former Indian captain Kapil Dev feels that if the selectors are looking at Hardik as a future Indian captain, they need to back him despite one or two series losses.

Hardik Pandya has been named the captain in a shorter format after the new selection committee moved away from the senior players. The 29-year-old has been named vice-captain in ODIs and is the frontrunner to replace Rohit after the 2023 World Cup. He has already led India during the home series against Sri Lanka in 2023 and will captain the team against New Zealand in a three-match T20I series next week.

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Have To Give Him A Fairly Long Rope – Kapil Dev

Legendary cricketer Kapil Dev said that the team management should give a long rope to Hardik Pandya as captain and avoid saying that he will be dropped if one or two series are lost.

Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev. Image-PTI

“I think one shouldn’t look at the world. You look at your team and your way of thinking. If Hardik Pandya is there, they should not say if you lose one series, we will remove you. If you make someone a captain, you have to give him a fairly long rope to make sure he will start performing. He will make mistakes but they key is that you don’t see the error but focus on whether he is ready for taking the team and look for the future. You don’t go series-by-series,” Kapil told Gulf News.

Hardik Pandya was appointed as the captain of the Gujarat Titans, despite the all-rounder did not play competitive cricket for 6 months before the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. He made a brilliant start to his first captaincy and led the team to the title in the franchise’s debut season. His performances with the IPL franchise earned him the chance to captain the national squad.

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