Former India head coach Ravi Shastri has shared some suggestions for the all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who will lead Team India in the next T20 World Cup scheduled to take place in 2024 in West Indies and the United States.
Ravi Shastri talks about team selection for T20 World Cup 2024
Following, the World Cup, India have played eight T20Is with Hardik Pandya leading the side in all the matches, winning five out of those, losing two, and one ending in a tie. Speaking about 2024 T20 World Cup, Shastri said that the selectors will be looking to get into a new direction and select young talent into the squad.
“Everyone can qualify to play, but I think Hardik will lead. The next two World Cups [after the 2023 ODI World Cup] are T20 cricket. He’s already [standby T20I] captain of India, so he will continue unless he is not fit. I think they [the selectors] will look into a new direction. There’s a lot of talent among the youth at the moment. You might have a pretty much new team; there will be some new faces if not a new team,” Shastri was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
“There will be still plenty who played in the last T20I match that India played, but there will be some new faces because what we’ve seen here in this year’s IPL is some refreshing young talent,” Shastri added.
Shastri believes India will repeat the process of the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007 where senior players such as Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and Rahul Dravid opted out of the tournament and selectors named a young squad for the marquee event. The experiment worked well as India went on to win the 2007 T20 World Cup under the leadership of MS Dhoni.
“I feel they will go the 2007 route, where they will identify talent, and Hardik will have lots of choices when it comes to the selection. Because his ideas will be different; he has played the IPL as a captain of a franchise and seen a lot of the other players. He will have his inputs,” the 1983 World Cup winner said.
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