For Ajay Jadeja, now is the right time to make Pandya the T20I skipper

Hardik Pandya

Former India cricketer, Ajay Jadeja has lauded Hardik Pandya’s efforts in the recently concluded T20I series against Sri Lanka.

On the other hand, he has also opined that now is the right time for Rohit Sharma to hand over the T20I captaincy to Pandya.

Since India’s devastating exit from the T20 World Cup 2022, there have been many speculations on changing India’s skipper in the shortest format.

Jadeja has also cited the example of former India skipper MS Dhoni who handed over the T20I captaincy to Virat Kohli.

At the moment, we’ve still got Rohit Sharma, who has been leading and his records show that he is the best captain. There is never a king waiting, all kings had to grab their place. Because waiting means it’s the right of a king who he gives it to. Like Mahendra Singh Dhoni gave it to Virat Kohli, it wasn’t the board or selectors. [It was] Mahendra Singh Dhoni who picked Virat Kohli and said I think you should take it on from here. I feel that’s how it should be.

Jadeja feels that Pandya has executed his plans well

Additionally, Jadeja has also stated that Hardik Pandya has been an excellent skipper so far for India as well as his IPL franchise Gujarat Titans.

He (Pandya) used Umran well, he’s done all the right things. The only thing, when I see him again, I’ll say just because a week ago you were not captain and a week later you are doesn’t mean you don’t have to run as fast as you were running or fielding. Or being as athletic as you were, you as a player should not go down. And just don’t worry about the team alone, because you as a champion player is more important than leading.

And this is a true fact indeed. Pandya has been in prime form since 2022. Firstly, he led the Gujarat Titans to a stunning win.

And after that, he has been helping India win one bilateral series after another. They now have an 11-match unbeaten streak at home.

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