Hardik Pandya To Lead Team India In T20Is, New Captain In ODIs For SL Series

Hardik Pandya is poised to take over the reins in the shortest format of the game. However, another name has emerged for the leadership role in the 50-over format. KL Rahul is expected to lead the ODI side in Rohit Sharma’s absence, as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) seems confident in his ability.
Hardik Pandya To Lead Team India In T20Is, New Captain In ODIs As BCCI Charts Course After Rohit Sharma

Hardik Pandya and Rohit Sharma with BCCI Secy Jay Shah.

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Hardik Pandya is all set to take over the reins of the India T20I cricket team, while Kl Rahul has emerged as the frontrunner to lead the ODI side in Rohit Sharma's absence.
With the dust settling after India's triumphant T20 World Cup victory and Rohit Sharma taking a break for the upcoming tour to Sri Lanka, the BCCI has a clear roadmap for the future.
"Hardik Pandya is all set to lead the Indian team in the T20 format after Rohit Sharma's retirement. He's unlikely to be rested for the upcoming series vs Sri Lanka. In ODIs, KL Rahul will lead the Indian team in the absence of Rohit Sharma as BCCi believes he makes his runs in the longer format," top sources within the BCCI told Times Now.
Pandya, the swashbuckling all-rounder, has been a vital cog in India's T20 side. His leadership credentials were bolstered by his experience as captain of the IPL franchise Gujarat Titans, who emerged victorious in their debut season this year.
As far as the ODI format is concerned, KL Rahul seems to be the choice when Rohit Sharma will be absent.
Meanwhile, BCCI is also discussing the names of Zaheer Khan and Lakshmipati Balaji for the position of bowling coach. Top sources told Times Now that the BCCI is not to keen on Vinay Kumar, a name reportedly proposed by Gautam Gambhir. "BCCI does not want one person (head coach) to have full autonomy and intend to keep the control within the board," revealed the source, who did not want to be named.
Gambhir reportedly asked BCCI to sign Abhishek Nayar as the assistant coach while he put forward the name of Vinay Kumar as the bowling coach. While BCCI reportedly has no objections to Abhishek Nayar joining the team India support staff, they are unlikely to rope in Vinay Kumar.
Zaheer has significant leadership experience and worked as director of cricket operations with Mumbai Indians, while Balaji served as the bowling coach for the Chennai Super Kings.
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