Adelaide [Australia]: Sunil Gavaskar on Thursday said that “there will be some retirements” after Men in Blue’s disappointing exit from yet another ICC event.
While speaking on Star Sports, Gavaskar further said, “Having won the Indian Premier League on his first assignment as the captain, they would have marked Hardik Pandya out as the next captain. Hardik Pandya will definitely take over the team in the future and there will be some retirements, you never know. Players will be giving it a lot of thought. There are several players in their mid-30s who will be reconsidering their position in the Indian T20I team.”
Pandya led Gujarat Titans from the front in IPL 2022, scoring 487 runs in 15 games at an average of 44.27 and four half-centuries. Pandya also took eight wickets throughout the tournament.
In Blue colours, Pandya had his first experience as the vice-captain during the home series against South Africa that took place in June. The series had ended in a 2-2 draw after the final T20I was washed out.
He was then named as the captain of the Indian team that went to Ireland to play two T20Is. India won that series 2-0. After this, Pandya was named as the vice-captain of India’s T20I series against West Indies, which India won 4-1.
Pandya will lead the Indian squad in T20Is against New Zealand with Rishabh Pant being his deputy.
The tour to NZ will start from November 18 onwards. It will have three T20Is and three ODIs.
Coming to match against England, the final between England and Pakistan is set.