‘Don’t know who is seeing him as captain and…’ – Salman Butt On Reports Of Hardik Pandya Becoming Full-time T20I Captain

By Daniel S

November 19, 2022

Team India are currently in New Zealand to play both the ODI and T20I series. After the exit from the 20-20 World Cup, many senior players like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli took a rest from the series. Therefore, Hardik Pandya got the opportunity to lead the team. Meanwhile, on 18 November 2022, the entire Selection Committee got sacked by the Indian Cricket Board.

Even, now reports have come that India might explore the split captaincy option in the coming days across all three formats. As per PTI reports, Hardik Pandya might become the new T20I captain before the upcoming Sri Lanka series. Regarding that, Saman Butt shared his views on his official YouTube channel.

“I don’t know who is seeing him as captain” – Salman Butt on Hardik Pandya

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Salman Butt said: “I don’t know who is seeing him as captain and who is watching such dreams. He has talent and has tasted success in the Indian T20 League. But even Rohit Sharma has been successful five to six times in the Indian T20 League.” 

“If he had scored well in a couple of matches (in the 20-20 World Cup 2022), people wouldn’t have been talking about making this change at the top. In the Asian subcontinent, people start talking about such drastic and big changes rather soon. Not all of them, but quite a few, who probably don’t understand how these things work. Sometimes, just for the sake of giving an opinion, people say, ‘change the captain” Butt concluded.   

A top source of the Board 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.” Meanwhile, 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.”