Got Captain Rohit Sharma’s option, Sunil Gavaskar told- this player can get responsibility after World Cup 2023

Mumbai Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar believes Hardik Pandya needs to win the first ODI against Australia here on Friday to stake claim to lead the ODI team after this year’s World Cup. Regular skipper Rohit Sharma will miss the first ODI at the Wankhede Stadium due to family commitments.

Pandya has been named as the caretaker captain for this match. The 29-year-old all-rounder captained the debutant Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League 2022 season and contributed significantly in making the team the champion. He is already leading the Indian team in T20 Internationals.

Gavaskar said, “I am very impressed with his captaincy for Gujarat Titans and then India in T20 format. I believe if he wins the first match in Mumbai, you can seal his name for India captain after the World Cup is over in 2023. Gavaskar said that Pandya’s presence in the middle order Very important for India.

He said, “He can be an ‘Impact (leaving impact) and game changer (match-making)’ player in the middle order. Even for the Gujarat team, he used to come to bat higher up the order as per the need. Leads the team from the front. He will not ask other players to do something that he himself wants to do. He is very important to this team.

Gavaskar said that Pandya’s captaincy style also makes him a favorite among other players. He said, “You must have seen that Hardik Pandya as a captain keeps other players comfortable. He handles the situation properly by boosting the confidence of the players.

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