Team India: Team India has always got big star players from IPL. Whether it is Team India’s captain Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya or a deadly bowler like Jasprit Bumrah, the luck of all the players has shone from the IPL itself. Meanwhile, Team India coach Rahul Dravid himself has admitted that only the players who have performed brilliantly in the IPL can be given the command of Team India in the coming times. Dravid has given the names of some such players just before the South Africa series, who have the power to become the new captain of Team India.
Coach Dravid’s big statement
Indian cricket team’s head coach Rahul Dravid on Tuesday said the success of Indian players as captain in the IPL will benefit the national team as the development of cricketers is accelerated by leadership abilities. Under the captaincy of Hardik Pandya, Gujarat Titans won the IPL title in their very first season. At the same time, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson also managed to perform well as captains.
Lucknow Super Giants, making their IPL debut under Rahul’s captaincy, reached the playoffs while Samson’s captaincy Rajasthan Royals finished as runners-up. Dravid said in the press conference, ‘It is a good thing that many Indian captains have done well. Hardik was one of them. magnificent. KL and Sanju also did well and Shreyas did too.
He said, ‘It was good to see the young batsmen captaining the team. This will help him to mature as a cricketer. It is good for us that young players of India are captaining well in IPL. The Indian team will play the first match of the five-match T20 series against South Africa on Thursday.
Pandya-Karthik is back
There are many new faces in the team and Pandya and Dinesh Karthik have returned. Pandya, who was dropped from the team after India’s exit from the group stage in the T20 World Cup last year, made a comeback from the IPL. He performed brilliantly with both bat and ball. Dravid said, ‘His comeback is good. Hardik is a great player with both bat and ball when he is in form. He has been very successful in limited overs cricket and was in great form in the IPL as well.
He also praised Hardik’s captaincy and said that he is working on harnessing his full potential for India. He said, ‘His captaincy was very effective and he also performed well. It is not necessary to be a captain to be part of the leadership team. “The positive thing for us at the moment is that he is bowling again. We want his best contribution as a cricketer.