Team India: Why is the captain changing frequently, Team India’s strategy or compulsion, Sri Lanka’s record should not be broken?


New Delhi: The Indian team has reached Zimbabwe (IND vs ZIM) for the ODI series. A three-match series will be played between the two teams from August 18. The captain of the team announced earlier for this series was with Shikhar Dhawan. But on Thursday, the BCCI announced the inclusion of KL Rahul on the tour. Along with this, it was told that he will also be the captain of the team. There is a musical chair running between cricket captains in India. The captain is changing with every series.

long list of captains in 2022
Virat Kohli was the captain of India in all three formats till the 2021 T20 World Cup. He left the T20 captaincy after the World Cup and the BCCI removed him from the ODI captaincy. Since then the game of captain swap is going on in Indian cricket. Rohit Sharma got the command of ODI and T20. Kohli was the captain of the Test. Rohit was made the Test vice-captain, replacing Rahane. Meanwhile, Rohit got injured. Kohli and Rahul captained the team on the South Africa tour. Then Kohli relinquished the Test captaincy and Rohit Sharma got the command in all three formats. Rohit captained against West Indies and Sri Lanka.

Big reason for Rahul being unfit
One of the major reasons for the frequent change in the captain of the Indian team was the unfit of a vice-captain, KL Rahul. After the IPL, key players including captain Rohit were rested for the tour of South Africa. Rahul was the captain of the team, but he got injured just before the series. In such a situation, Rishabh Pant had to be made the captain. Then Hardik Pandya got the captaincy in Ireland, as the major players were in England at that time.

Rohit Sharma got corona
Rohit Sharma got corona during the practice match on England tour. KL Rahul was already out of the team. In such a situation, Jasprit Bumrah got the captaincy. Rohit returned in ODIs and T20s. Then it was the turn of the West Indies tour. Here also the vice-captain KL Rahul was not available, so Shikhar Dhawan was made the captain. Key players including Rohit were rested in the ODIs. Then Rohit Sharma returned in T20. In the last match, Hardik got the captaincy by resting Rohit. Now Dhawan was the captain on the Zimbabwe tour as well, but the captaincy was withdrawn from him after Rahul became fit.

India captain in 2022
Virat Kohli (Test)
KL Rahul (Test, ODI)
Rohit Sharma (Test, ODI, T20)
Rishabh Pant (T20)
Hardik Pandya (T20)
Jasprit Bumrah (Test)
Shikhar Dhawan (ODI)

Will India overtake Sri Lanka?
Prior to this, 5 players had captained the maximum in a year for India. This year the number has gone up to 7. Till now, no team in international cricket has had more captains than this in a year. In 2017, 7 players captained Sri Lanka. In such a situation, the question is whether the Indian team will break Sri Lanka’s record? It seems difficult to do so. Because after the vice-captain KL Rahul is fit, he will captain if Rohit Sharma is not there.

What caused the changes?
The biggest reason for the change of captain of the Indian team was KL Rahul being unfit. The BCCI had to choose a new captain whenever captain Rohit Sharma was not available or rest was given due to the vice-captain being unfit. Along with this, the board was also managing the workload of all the players before the T20 World Cup, due to which the captains were changed repeatedly.

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