Apart from Virat Kohli’s dip in form and Umran Malik making his debut for the team, another talking point in Indian cricket is its frequent captaincy changes.
Notably, India have had eight different captains in the last ten months. The list of captains include Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, and Jasprit Bumrah.
Meanwhile, BCCI recently released the ODI squad for the West Indies tour and named Shikhar Dhawan as the captain. However, the fans are tired of seeing captains getting rotated. They criticised the move and said the BCCI has made a circus of the captain’s role.
After the IPL, when India hosted the Proteas, Rishabh Pant was named the captain after KL Rahul was ruled out. Although, since then, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Jasprit Bumrah, and now Shikhar Dhawan have donned the captain’s hat.
Fans have given their views on social media.
Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly has reacted to the captain’s musical chairs.
The 50-year-old said that having eight captains in such a short time is not ideal.
However, Ganguly defended the move by saying that these changes happened due to unavoidable factors such as injuries and infections.
He told PTI, “I fully agree that it is not ideal to have seven different captains in such a short period, but it has happened because of an unavoidable situation. Like Rohit was all set to lead in South Africa in white-ball but before the tour, got injured. So, we had KL (Rahul) leading in ODIs, and then for this recent SA home series, KL got injured one day before the series.”
“In England, Rohit was playing the warm-up game when he had Covid-19. No one is at fault for these situations. The calendar is such that we have had to give players breaks, and then there have been injuries, and we need to think about workload management also. You got to feel for head coach Rahul (Dravid) as in every series, due to unavoidable circumstances, we have had new captains,” he added.