‘Hardik will…’ Sunil Gavaskar talks about retirement and captaincy of Indian team

Another World Cup is over for Team India and we are still analyzing the key decisions like team selection, openers’ performance, skipper’s decisions, etc. Whenever the Indian team won this World Cup, it was only 2 or 3 star players who ensured that victory, besides the rest of the team seemed completely out of order.

After this tournament, a number of senior players in the Indian cricket team are looking at retirements with legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar also confirming on Thursday, that “there will be some retirements” after the this defeat.

He also praised India’s all-rounder Hardik Pandya and pointed out how Gujarat Titans won their first Indian Premier League (IPL) title under his captaincy and that he will surely lead Team India soon.

“Having won the Indian Premier League in his first assignment as captain, they would have marked Hardik Pandya as the next captain. Surely Hardik Pandya will take over the team in the future and there will be some retirements, you never know. Players when -will think about it a lot. There are some players in their mid-30s who will reconsider their position in the Indian T20I team,” Gavaskar told Star Sports after the match.

Hardik led the Gujarat team in the IPL and also performed well personally averaging 44.27 and scoring 487 runs in 15 games. In bowling too, Pandya took 8 wickets. He has also tasted the Vice-captainship of the Indian team against the South Africa series that took place in June.

In T20s, Hardik Pandya was appointed captain for the Ireland tour and India won that series by 2-0. In the series against West Indies, Hardik was the vice-captain and India won that series by 4-1.

From November 18, Pandya will lead the Indian team in the New Zealand series with Rishabh Pant as vice-captain. The team will play three T20Is and three ODIs.


Khalid Khan

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