Rahul Dravid was appointed India’s new head coach last November after the team’s forgettable T20 World Cup campaign. And along with Rohit Sharma, who was named cue ball captain that month, the pair were touted to bring India their long-awaited glory at world events. Much of the young Indians who were part of the Indian setup were mentored by Dravid at junior or A-team level, while Rohit found success as a skipper in IPL. There couldn’t be a better pairing for India to break the trophy-less streak. But the streak continued for India as they lost to England in the T20 World Cup semi-finals on Thursday.
It was a crushing defeat for the Indian team in Adelaide on Thursday as the bowlers failed to make a breakthrough. After a poor batting show save for Hardik Pandya’s 63, England’s starting pair Jos Buttler and Alex Hales showed no mercy as they came to a limit barrage on their record partnership of 170 runs to wrap up the chase in just 16 overs
Doubts about India’s tactics and approach were raised when they made another cue ball miss. Though for former India cricketer Harbhajan Singh he wants to see a change in team management for the T20 setup.
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Speaking to India Today after the loss, the two-time World Cup winner Harbhajan said that India needs a mentor who understands the format and therefore it has to be a former cricketer who has recently retired. of the game. He suggested Ashish Nehra for the role.
“It’s not just the captain. If he can bring someone who has just retired from T20 cricket recently, someone who understands the format. You know, with all due respect to Rahul Dravid, he was my colleague and we played a lot of cricket together, he has a great brain. But I think if you don’t want to take Dravid out of T20I as a trainer, then help him out with someone who has recently retired. Someone like Ashish Nehra who has a great brain to play cricket. Look what he has done there in Gujarat Titans. He will also encourage the youngsters with what Ashish will bring to the team. He could also be anyone who just retired,” he said.
Harbhajan also revealed his choice of captaincy. “For the captaincy, Hardik Pandya is my choice. There is no better option. He is the best player on the team and you need more people like him on the team.”
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