Team India are currently busy playing the T20I series in New Zealand. However, after the 20-20 World Cup, big-name players like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have taken a rest from this tour. So, Hardik Pandya got the opportunity to lead the team in this T20I series. However, the first of the series got abandoned on 18 November due to heavy rain.
But, on the same day, the Indian Cricket Board sacked Chetan Sharma and the entire Senior National Selection Committee. As per reports, the Board were not happy with the performance of the selectors based on the team's performance in recent tournaments. Now, several reports have suggested that the Board are ready to introduce split captaincy in three different formats in the upcoming days.
“For the 20-20 World Cup 2024, we need to prepare now. Hardik is the right fit for the role.” - Top Source of the Indian Cricket Board
According to a top source of the Board, Hardik Pandya will become the full-time captain in this shortest format of the game before the Sri Lanka series. The source said: “See the consensus is there that now is the time to change. All of us feel Rohit Sharma first of all still has a lot to offer but at the same time, he has too much on his plate. And mind it, he is not getting any younger. For the 20-20 World Cup 2024, we need to prepare now. Hardik is the right fit for the role. Selectors will meet and officially announce Hardik as India’s captain before the next T20 assignment." However, the current skipper Rohit Sharma is yet to know about the decision. Regarding that, the source said: “No not yet. They have just returned. We will soon call the coach, and captain for the meeting and have a word.”
As per reports, Rohit Sharma will continue to lead team India until the next 50-over World Cup in 2023 in India. After that, young players like Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant can become the captain of the side.
According to reports, Rohit Sharma will continue his Test captaincy until the current World Cup cycle. After that, Jasprit Bumrah can become the Test captain for team India. He already did the captaincy once in the fifth rescheduled Test match at Edgbaston against England.