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India has made 7 captains in 7 months. Sometimes Rohit Sharma has been out due to injury and sometimes he has been a victim of Kovid. Has Team India now needed different captains of all three formats?
Indian cricket is always in discussion. The problem is that at this time it is not understood that what should be discussed and what should be left out. Discuss India’s defeat in Edgbaston Test, discuss limited overs series starting against England, discuss seven captains in seven months, discuss experiments being conducted for T20 World Cup preparations, some important players Discuss the rest given or discuss the birthday of the charismatic captain Dhoni? Although there are other issues to be discussed, but for the time being we remain confined to so many issues. So that the confusion does not increase much, we leave the discussion on some issues. But the rest being given to seven captains and players in seven months will have to be discussed. Because the decisions of the ‘think tank’ and selection committee of Indian cricket are shocking to the cricket fans. Also there are many questions to be raised. Let us understand these issues in a sequential manner.
Questions arise on the grading system of players
BCCI maintains a grading system for its players. On the basis of this grade, players get money. A few years back, A+ category was added to this grading system. Players of this category get Rs 7 crore. Apart from this, A grade players get 5 crores, B grade 3 crores and C grade 1 crores. The ‘theory’ behind this grading system was that the player who plays in all three formats is placed in the top grade. This was the reason that the grading of the players kept on changing.
That is, if someone plays in only two formats instead of three formats, then his demotion and vice versa, promotion of the player. The result of this was that in 2019, Dhoni was removed from the list of annual contracts. Because he had retired from Test cricket in 2014 and was away from the cricket field since the 2019 World Cup. Now you should also know that in the current agreement of BCCI, there are only three players in A+ grade at present – Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah. That is, it is expected from these three players that they will play maximum matches for Team India, but what is the truth is not hidden from anyone. These three players are not included in the team that has been selected for the ODI series against West Indies.
Is series important or is form and fitness the real issue?
The BCCI’s logic may be that the ODI series against West Indies is not important enough to field its senior players, but is that the only reason to rest Rohit, Virat and Bumrah? This is not true. The truth is that there is a fitness issue with Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah. The board feels that they should be saved for the T20 World Cup. When it comes to Virat Kohli, everyone has seen his form. More than two years have passed but his bat has not scored a century. What rest do they need? Cricketer Irfan Pathan’s tweet raises big questions in this context. He has written that no one can return to form after taking rest.
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Uncertainty about captaincy
Team India has got seven captains in seven months from January 2022 to July. Virat Kohli left the captaincy at the end of the year. After that Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Shikhar Dhawan have been given the captaincy. It is okay that these players have been given the captaincy in different formats, but what kind of ‘confusion’ has arisen can be understood by anyone. The captain tells the players of the team their role, unites them and motivates them to perform well, strategizes for victory… but here the captain changes in every series. Which captain should coach Rahul Dravid work with, that is incomprehensible.
Rohit cannot play continuously in all three formats
Rohit Sharma is an amazing player. He is the most successful captain in IPL. Praise his captaincy as much as you can, but the truth has to be accepted that he cannot play continuously in all three formats for a long time. His fitness problem is chronic. He has struggled with fitness even if he left the corona before the Edgbaston Test. In such a situation, it is better to find a permanent cure for this problem than to save them for a big series. Taking them into confidence, it should be explained that if they want to go long in international cricket, then they have to make a solid strategy. It should not be forgotten that Rohit Sharma has turned 35 years old.
Was the decision taken in haste regarding Virat’s captaincy?
This question will certainly arise, in the circumstances in which Virat Kohli had left the captaincy, after that a lot of things happened in which there was a lack of transparency. A lot was also said about the role of BCCI President Sourav Ganguly on this issue. Now think straight without falling into that pit, Virat only wanted that he would not captain T20 and would do Test and ODI. If after talking to him it was said that he would continue to captain the Test and Rohit Sharma would be the captain in limited overs i.e. in both ODI and T20, then what was the problem. As long as Virat Kohli captained in all three formats, there was stability regarding the captaincy. There was no problem regarding his fitness either. But the situation became such that he had to leave the captaincy of all three formats. The decision which was very difficult for every cricket lover to digest.
What is the way out of this uncertainty?
There is only one answer to this big question. If not today or tomorrow, India will have to reduce the burden of Rohit Sharma. He will have to be relieved of the captaincy of all three formats. In the limited overs, the team’s awesomeness will have to be handed over to another player. Like many other teams in the world, there will be different captains in Test and Limited Over formats. With this, the players will also develop a clear thinking about their role. Otherwise, the experiments being done in the name of big series and the results of those experiments will hardly take Team India in the right direction. Just imagine, in the T20 World Cup, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah are sure to be in the playing-11 … that is, in the playing 11, apart from captain Rohit Sharma, there will be 5 more players who Has captained Team India. This situation will do nothing except create confusion.