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Hardik Pandya’s Crucial Role and Potential Captaincy

Hardik Pandya played a pivotal role in India’s T20 World Cup victory, bowling the last over against South Africa in the final and successfully defending the target. His significant contribution also included dismissing Heinrich Klaasen, who was close to taking the game away from India.

As the Indian team prepares for future challenges, the names of Jasprit Bumrah and Suryakumar Yadav were considered for captaincy. However, Pandya emerged as the frontrunner and is expected to lead the team in the upcoming T20I series against Sri Lanka. The strategy is to give Pandya ample time and match experience to ensure he is fully prepared for the 2026 T20 World Cup, which will be held in India and Sri Lanka.

Current Series and Leadership Plans

Currently, India is engaged in a five-match T20I series against Zimbabwe, with Shubman Gill as the captain. The series stands at 1-1 after India made a remarkable comeback in the second T20I, securing a 100-run victory.

In parallel, the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Secretary, Jay Shah, confirmed that Rohit Sharma will lead the Indian cricket team in the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023-25 and the Champions Trophy 2025.

Rohit Sharma’s Leadership and Future Prospects

Rohit Sharma recently ended India’s 11-year ICC trophy drought by guiding the team to a T20 World Cup win, defeating South Africa in a thrilling final in Bridgetown. Appointed as India’s captain in 2021 after Virat Kohli stepped down, Sharma has since led the team to the WTC 2021-23 final and the ODI World Cup 2023 final, although they were defeated by Australia on both occasions.

Jay Shah expressed confidence in Sharma’s leadership, stating, “I am confident that under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, we will win the WTC Final and the Champions Trophy,” in a video shared by the BCCI.

 

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