Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma has said that the Chetan Sharma-led selection committee failed to prepare a stable Team India and was very poor with matters related to captaincy. According to him, these two factors, along with a few other mistakes, were responsible for them being sacked by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently as well.

However, the BCCI invited applications for new selectors just a few days after the India team faced a 10-wicket defeat to England in the T20 World Cup 2022 semi-final in Adelaide. With the search for new selectors underway, Sharma is hopeful that the new committee won’t do the same mistakes again. Sharing his thoughts on India News, the veteran said:

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“We had changed around eight captains in 10 months. This is one of the reasons I feel the selection committee has been dissolved by BCCI. They couldn’t put together a stable team. There was no clarity over who would be captain in each format.”Indian captaincy had become musical chairs. It’s unfortunate. Hopefully, the new selection committee comes in with a clear mindset.”

Shikhar Dhawan has been leading Team India in the ODI series

Shikhar Dhawan has been leading Team India in the ODI series
Shikhar Dhawan has been leading Team India in the ODI series

While talking about the captaincy debate, former India player Saba Karim stated that pushing for Hardik Pandya as the next full-time leader will be tricky seeing his fitness issues earlier as well.

He explained: “The big question about Hardik is, if he plays both white-ball formats, how long can he survive? Given his history of fitness worries, it is very important to handle him carefully. If he has to play the World Cup, then needs to be given breaks in between.“Then again, if this mode of thinking is applied, he cannot be made white-ball captain. The main question that the new selection committee will need to answer is – who will lead India in the 2023 World Cup and also who will be his deputy?”

While Hardik Pandya led India to a 1-0 win in the three-match T20I series in New Zealand, he won’t be there in the ODIs. Shikhar Dhawan will lead the team in the ODIs. However, Team India’s wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant has come under the scanner for his consistent failures in T20Is. It will be interesting to see how he performs in the ODI series as well.

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