The Indian squad is well-prepared for the upcoming series against South Africa, featuring three T20Is, three ODIs, and two Test matches. The highlight of the series will be the distinct captains for each format, with KL Rahul leading the ODI team, Suryakumar Yadav at the helm for the T20Is, and Rohit Sharma as the captain for the Test series.
While discussing the same topic, former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan expressed his disagreement with the concept of having different captains for different formats. He shared his opinion stating that it provides insight into what the future of cricket leadership could look like.
While having a conversation with Game Plan, Pathan said, “This could be a sign for the future, which I am not a big fan of. There has been talk for a long time about whether we can do split captaincy. It’s true workload management has been done here, and that is why you are seeing such big squads and different captains.”
Pathan said that the trend of having different captains for various formats might become more prevalent in the future. He went on to discuss the potential scenario where different coaches could also be assigned for different formats.
“It’s clear that Rohit Sharma had to take a break from white-ball cricket, so you are not seeing him there. You are seeing him as the captain of Test cricket. However, you might see these things going forward. You might even see different coaches for different formats. I believe it’s better if it doesn’t happen in our culture,” Pathan said.
“If we see white-ball and red-ball cricket, we only have two or three players who are different, where you can consider players like Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. However, if you see other than that, we generally have all-format players. If we talk about our youngsters, you will see Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill playing everywhere. So most of our players are like that, who play all formats. That’s why if you have 70 to 80% players who play all formats, it’s better if the coach and captain are also the same,” he added.