Salman Butt questions Hardik Pandya's selection as India's T20I captain
Hardik Pandya [Source: AP]
Former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt has questioned the people, who are now looking at Hardik Pandya for being the successor of Rohit Sharma in T20Is.
Since the T20 World Cup fiasco, Rohit's leadership and run-scoring appetite are the talking points among Indian fans. Although the 35-year-old has been successful in securing bilateral series wins, the Indian team have faltered in multinational events.
With Rohit being rested for the ongoing New Zealand series, Pandya has been given an opportunity to lead the Indian side. Furthermore, the Indian fans want him to be inducted as a permanent leader in the shortest format.
However, Butt thinks Rohit has been terrific for the Mumbai Indians in IPL, while Pandya has just started to gain initial success.
The former batter argued that situation would have been different if Rohit had contributed more as a batter in the T20 WC.
Here's what Butt stated
"I don’t know who is seeing him [Pandya] as captain and who is having such dreams. He has talent and has tasted success in the IPL. But even Rohit Sharma has been successful five to six times in the IPL. If he had scored well in a couple of matches (in the T20 World Cup 2022), people wouldn’t have been talking about making this change at the top."
In terms of personal form, Rohit was decent with 144 runs in four innings of the Asia Cup. However, he could garner only 116 runs in six games of the T20 WC, with a paltry strike rate of 106.42.On the other hand, Pandya scored 128 runs and also bagged eight wickets in the T20 WC, with a knock of 63 off 33 against England being the highlight.
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