Updated: Jul 19
Shikhar Dhawan is on track to join the ranks of KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, and Jasprit Bumrah as the eighth captain in the previous ten months.
Sourav Ganguly's prime included times when he was forced to gamble on a few players, but the former captain opposes the practice of rotating the India captaincy. Ganguly offered his thoughts on the current team having seven captains in seven different series. Ganguly is still one of the most important and successful captains in the nation.
In three One-Day Internationals later this month in the West Indies, India will be led by left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan. He will follow in the footsteps of KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, and Jasprit Bumrah as the seventh captain in the last ten months.
Ganguly acknowledged that India having seven captains in as many months "isn't ideal," but he attributed the issue to be "unavoidable." He emphasized that task management becomes necessary when the team follows a busy schedule.
"I wholeheartedly concur that having seven different captains in such a short period is not ideal, but it has occurred due to an unavoidable circumstance. Similar to Rohit, who was supposed to captain the white-ball team in South Africa before suffering an injury. KL (Rahul) was in the lead in ODIs when he sustained an injury the day before the start of the recent SA home series "said Ganguly to PTI.
Rohit had Covid-19 as he was playing the warm-up game in England. These circumstances are not the fault of anyone. Due to the calendar, we had to offer players breaks, and because of injuries, we also needed to account for workload management. You have to feel bad for head coach Rahul (Dravid) since we have had different captains in every series due to unforeseen circumstances, he continued.
Ganguly also discussed the BCCI's successful selling of the media rights to the IPL. With a whopping 48,390 crore (USD 6.20 billion) for five years beginning in 2023, the board struck it rich last month.
"In no way. On the contrary, I believe that the pool of talent in Indian cricket will only grow over time, and the IPL has demonstrated the breadth of that skill. You can see the types of players we have been generating over the years by looking at the two Indian teams (white ball and red ball) "stated the great of India.
Regarding difficulties he has encountered during his three years as BCCI president, Ganguly said, "With the approval of the BCCI member associations, I was elected president in 2019, and it has been a wonderful experience. You have the opportunity to work to improve Indian cricket and have a significant impact on the situation."