As Indian cricket continues to soar great heights this year, the BCCI is also rotating captains at a very fast pace. If we talk about 2022, then we can see that we have had a total of seven captaincy changes from series to series.
Recently, BCCI also announced the squad for the Zimbabwe tour. Once again, India’s senior players have been rested and Shikhar Dhawan will be leading the squad. Many have questioned the BCCI’s move to rest players just after one series.
Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif gave his opinion on India’s rotational captaincy and said that they are repeating the same mistake that Pakistan did in the 1990s.
“Everyone talks about backup. But they have now produced seven backup captains in the past year! This is the first time I’m seeing this in India’s history. Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, they are repeating the same mistake as Pakistan’s in the 1990s,” said Latif on his YouTube channel.
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul have missed out many of India’s games in the recent past either due to injuries or sickness. Many others like Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya have donned the captaincy cap for India.
Latif also said that none of the seven captaincy options for India has played consistent cricket. He further opined that India now needs leaders like Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli.
“They haven’t found a solid opener, nor do they have a stable middle-order. They just want a new captain. No captain is playing consistently for them. KL Rahul is unfit now; Rohit was unfit before. Virat is mentally unfit. So, they will have to think about it. They are changing so many captains.. they need a leader like Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli,” said Latif.
Although the BCCI is looking for future captaincy options, it would be better if they stuck around with just one or two options. Rotating captains on a series-to-series basis would not bode well for India in the long run.
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