Now that the T20 World Cup is finished, Team India is hoping to start over and go on with their mission to break its protracted trophyless streak in ICC competition. Given Rohit Sharma’s age and the fact that the next T20 World Cup is two years away, many veterans have questioned whether Rohit Sharma should remain as the captain, particularly in the T20I format. The all-rounder Hardik Pandya has received support for the position. Irfan Pathan, a former cricketer for India, has instead given the brutal truth behind it, and he is not persuaded that India should go with Hardik.

In the IPL earlier this year, Hardik’s first significant tenure as captain saw him guide Gujarat Titans to their first-ever championship triumph. He was chosen as the captain of the Ireland tour to India a month later. He will also take charge of the Indian team once again in the three-match T20I series against New Zealand later this week.

Speaking on the Star Sports program “Match Point,” Irfan said that Hardik is a player who is prone to injuries given his position as a fast-bowling all-arounder. The Indian icon wants India to develop more leaders in addition to Hardik because he worries that India might go into serious difficulty if he gets hurt just before the World Cup.

“I’m not arguing that if you replace the captain the outcome will change; if you go in that manner, the outcome won’t change. You need to realize, and we all need to understand, that Hardik Pandya is an all-around fast bowler. He also struggles with injuries. Imagine if your captain suffered an injury just before the World Cup. You’ll be in a problem if you don’t have another leader ready “said Irfan.

“Therefore, in my opinion, Hardik Pandya is a leader who excelled with the Gujarat Titans, won the IPL, and claimed the championship trophy. You need to identify not just one, but two leaders who will make their imprint moving ahead. In the same way that we discuss the necessity for a group of openers, we also need a group of leaders “Added he.

Starting on November 18, a T20I series against New Zealand will be played.