Hardik Pandya Can Be A Long-Term Captaincy Option: Vengsarkar

Hardik Pandya Can Be A Long-Term Captaincy Option: Vengsarkar

Hardik Pandya has been in the spotlight for quite a few months now. Ever since he was announced as the captain of Gujarat Titans, there have been plenty of articles and comments floating around on the all-rounder. Winning IPL 2022 was a feat that has made many experts and fans believe that Pandya has improved drastically as a cricketer, and even more as a captain. The fact that Pandya had no senior-level captaincy experience before this year’s IPL makes his achievement even more impressive. 

After Virat Kohli resigned from India’s captaincy from all formats, it was Rohit Sharma who succeeded him. But the swashbuckling batter’s age is not on his side. With potentially four-five years of game left in him, adding to it how injury-prone he is, Rohit can definitely not be a long-term captaincy prospect. While he has had success in IPL as well as international cricket in that position, his tenure might be short. Selectors have been looking at his successor already, and Hardik Pandya comes up as one possible option. 

Hardik Pandya scored 487 runs and bagged eight wickets for the Titans in this edition of IPL. In the recent series against South Africa, he was impressive yet again, playing the role of finisher to perfection. Pandya has also overcome his long-standing back problem, as he is bowling most of his quota at good pace. Dilip Vengsarkar, former India captain and selector, believes that Pandya can be a great captaincy option for the country in the long term. Roger Binny, former India cricketer, also echoed Vengsarkar’s thoughts but warned that captaincy might lead to Pandya bowling less overs.

Pandya Can Be Our Next Long-Term Captain: Vengsarkar

“He came into bat at the fall of two wickets [in the IPL 2022 final],” Vengsarkar said during the launch of the 1983 World Cup Opus, a limited edition coffee table book in association with Paymentz, an Indian payment gateway platform. “He led from the front and guided the team very well in his first major tournament as captain. An allrounder plays an important role in the team. He is an option [but] it depends on the selectors, their vision and plans.

You have to keep performing. When you get the post of captain/vice-captain, you have got to lead from the front and got to be consistently playing. He’s got to watch the injuries because he tends to be under the weather. So that’ll be utmost on his mind and also in the minds of the selectors and those watching.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.