The continuous captaincy changes in team India is now taking a shape of controversy. Since, T20 World Cup 2021 India has changed 8 captains despite having Rohit Sharma as the regular captain of the side.
Former Indian wicket-keeper batsman Saba Karim has now raised issues over BCCI when they announced KL Rahul the captain of Team India for Zimbabwe tour. The concern came after India’s senior batter Shikhar Dhawan was demoted to vice-captaincy role. Earlier Shikhar Dhawan was named as the skipper for the 3-match odi series against Zimbabwe.
Shikhar Dhawan successfully led Team India on the West Indies tour in the 3-match ODI series. After that he was made the captain of team for Zimbabwe tour. However, when KL Rahul made into the squad after recovering from Injury, he was assigned as captain and now Shikhar Dhawan was eventually dropped from the Skipper’s role.
Speaking during an interaction with News Sports, Saba Karim said,”KL Rahul should have played the series only as a member, making him captain or vice-captain is not that important. He is coming after a long break. Shikhar Dhawan is a senior member of the squad who has delivered in white-ball cricket. You have to give him importance once you make the announcement as captain,” he said.”
Saba Karim praised the captaincy of Shikhar Dhawan on West Indies tour. On that tour, he scored 2 fifties in 3 innings.
The ex national selector further added,”I would like to add that Shikhar led the side very well against West Indies in the ODI series. He was also decent with the bat. India whitewashed the series with a bunch of youngsters. A lot of them performed very well under his captaincy. Dhawan looked in complete control, whether it was the field setup, tactics, or strategy. He inspired the youngsters as a leader.”