The captaincy debate in Indian Cricket management is one of the most controversial topics at present. Rohit Sharma who was assigned as the skipper of the side last year has only captained team India in 6 ODIs. Rohit Sharma did it in three-match series against England and the same against the West Indies.
However, if we talk about Shikhar Dhawan who is not even a permanent captain has captained the team in seven ODIs and KL Rahul has also served team India in 6 ODIs as captain. Seeing the regular captaincy changes former Indian batter Aakash Chopra has said that while other teams are playing all formats of the game with regular captains, team India is going through frequent captaincy changes. In a couple of years, Indian Cricket has nearly seen almost 8 different captains. For this, he gave the example of Sri Lankan, England, and Australian captains.
While talking to his youtube channel, Dhawan said,” If you look at Sri Lanka, they are playing against Afghanistan, and Dasun Shanaka is leading them. England played against Australia, and Jos Buttler is still their captain. Australia chopped and changed a little bit but Pat Cummins led them in two out of those three matches (against England). If all teams around the world are playing with their original captains then why do we change our captains so much? It’s a valid question.”
Not only Rohit Sharma but many senior players have also asked for the rest. Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, and KL Rahul are those players who have not been so consistent for the team.
Talking further, Aakash Chopra said, “The captain is the one responsible for building a team. The same captain and the same coach help a lot because the more time you spend with the team, the better you get to know each individual. If constantly, be it in West Indies, Zimbabwe, and now in New Zealand, your captain is not available then there is a problem. Shikhar Dhawan led India in the last three ODI series. Suddenly when you go to Bangladesh, he won’t be the captain. The openers will change, and the captain will change. So when there are so many changes then your preparations are not good.”