Wasim Jaffer said that the all-rounder should be India's first-choice vice-captain instead of KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant.

Gujarat Titans won the Indian Premier League 2022 title under Hardik Pandya. The all-rounder was lauded for his performance as a batter and captain in the 15th season of the tournament.

He was rewarded with a place in the national team and was appointed vice-captain for the T20I series against South Africa.

Pandya will also lead India in the upcoming T20I series against Ireland.

Wasim Jaffer said that the all-rounder should be India’s first-choice vice-captain instead of KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant.

“He deserves it. Indian selectors should look at him seriously for leading in white-ball cricket. If Rohit Sharma is not available, Hardik Pandya should be the skipper. He is my number one choice after Rohit Sharma,” he said on ESPNCricinfo.

Captain Rohit Sharma was rested for the ongoing five-match T20I series against South Africa, leading to Rahul’s elevation as skipper. However, he was ruled out, and the captain’s armband was given to Rishabh.

“If Rohit plays, I would like Hardik to be the vice-captain in white-ball cricket. He likes to take responsibility,” he added.

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