After Gautam Gambhir, ex-Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan opposes Hardik Pandya being named Indian T20 full-time captain, you know why?


Ind vs SL: captain Hardik Pandya T20I – On Wednesday, the Indian team will face Sri Lanka in the first T20I at…

Ind vs. SL: Captaincy Hardik Pandya T20I – On Wednesday, Team India will face Sri Lanka in the first T20I at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. India will be led by Hardik Pandya, who unofficially replaced Rohit Sharma as India’s T20I captain following Australia’s World Cup debacle. Although it’s not official yet, Hardik is widely believed to be the man who will lead India in the shortest format in the future. However, not everyone is happy with the way things are going. Following Gautam Gambhir’s endorsement of Rohit Sharma for the captaincy of T20, former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan objects to Hardik Pandya India becoming the full-time captain of T20I. Follow India v Sri Lanka live updates at Insidesport.IN

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Ind vs SL: After Gautam Gambhir, ex-Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan is against Hardik Pandya being named Indian T20 captain on a full-time basis, you know why?

Irfan Pathan, who represented India in 24 T20Is between 2006 and 2012, cited fitness as the main concern behind his assessment. Hardik has made a remarkable return to international cricket in 2022, following a career-threatening back injury, and that’s exactly what Irfan wants the lanky all-rounder to be extremely careful of.

When it came to his captaincy, I was extremely impressed with his approach, but along with that, India will have to keep in mind that if you make him captain in the long run, they will have to focus a lot on his fitness, whether you’re talking about him or managing the team. This will be very crucial in the future,” he added.

The 38-year-old former all-rounder was, however, very impressed with Hardik Pandya’s captaincy with the Gujarat Titans in 2022 IPL.

Captain Hardik did, whether it was for the Gujarat Titans in the IPL or leaving for India, I felt the communication was extremely good. He was considered very agile,” Pathan told official broadcasters.

Hardik led India to a 1-0 win over New Zealand in the T20I series last year. Since making his comeback after recovery, Hardik has contributed with both the bat and the ball.

He was a star for India in the 2022 Asian Cup and won games on his own. He also performed well at the T20 World Cup in Australia. However, with the added burden of captaining, it seems possible that Hardik will only focus on his stick and only play when necessary.

Not just Irfan Pathan, former India fly-half Gautam Gambhir also believes India should continue with Rohit Sharma as T20 skipper, despite Hardik Pandya’s rise as leader.

Judging Rohit Sharma by a single ICC tournament is not the parameter that allows us to judge him. We’ll have to wait and watch,Gambhir had said.

Former Indian cricketers may have some merit in their arguments, but the fact remains that the BCCI coaches have already decided to look ahead. Most of the seniors who participated in the T20 World Cup 2022 were left out of the T20I series against Sri Lanka at home.

This also includes the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and others. The team wears a fresh look with Hardik Pandya as the team manager.

Indian team for Sri Lanka’s T20Is: Hardik Pandya (Captain), Ishan Kishan (wk), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav (VC), Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Umran Malik, Shivam Mavi, Mukesh Kumar.

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IND vs SL: full schedule, venues and times

DateTime (IST)MeetLocation
Jan 03, Tue7:00 p.m.India vs Sri Lanka, 1st T20IWankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Jan 05, Thu7:00 p.m.India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd T20IMaharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Jan 07, Sat7:00 p.m.India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20ISaurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
10 Jan, Tue2:00 p.m.India vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODIBarsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
Jan 12, Thu.2:00 p.m.India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODIGardens of Eden, Kolkata
Jan. 15, Sun.2:00 p.m.India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODIGreenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram

Ind vs SL: After Gautam Gambhir, ex-Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan is against Hardik Pandya being named Indian T20 captain on a full-time basis, you know why?

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