India was eliminated from the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 by England on Thursday in Adelaide. Sunil Gavaskar believes that Hardik Pandya might replace Rohit Sharma as captain if Sharma decides to retire.
Following India’s embarrassing 10-wicket loss to fellow former champion England in the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup semi-final at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday, legendary former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar predicts that a few senior players would announce their retirement. Gavaskar believes that if and when Rohit Sharma decides to retire, all-rounder Hardik Pandya might take over as captain.
“They would have designated Hardik Pandya as the new captain after his first duty as captain resulted in victory in the Indian Premier League. Future team leadership will be provided by Hardik Pandya, and certain players will retire. You can’t be sure. It will be something that players think about a lot. Several Indian T20I team players in their mid-30s will be rethinking their roles, “told Star Sports, Gavaskar.
With half-centuries from their opening batsmen, Alex Hales and Jos Buttler, England defeated India by ten wickets. Virat Kohli, a top-order batsman and former Indian captain, has scored the most goals in 2017 T20 World Cup. Other senior players, such captain and keeper-opener Rohit Sharma, veteran all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin, and veteran wicketkeeper-finisher Dinesh Karthik, all of whom are in their mid-30s, have had less remarkable performances.
Pandya shared his sorrow about India’s sad exit from the T20 World Cup semifinals on Twitter, writing, “Gutted, devastated, and hurt. difficult for all of us to accept. I’ve valued the relationship I developed with my teammates because we stood by one other through thick and thin. We appreciate the endless devotion and hard effort put in by our support personnel over many months. We will always be grateful to the fans that supported us everywhere we went. Even though it wasn’t meant to be, we’ll think it over and keep fighting.”