Don’t know who is seeing Hardik Pandya as India captain and who is watching such dreams, says Salman Butt
Salman Butt has questioned the leadership qualities of Hardik Pandya and defended current India captain Rohit Sharma for his performance at the T20 World Cup. Butt feels that a change in India captaincy isn’t necessary at this time.
Butt doesn’t feel that a change in captaincy is needed at the moment (Courtesy: AP)
By India Today Web Desk: Salman Butt has said that he isn’t convinced with the leadership qualities of Hardik Pandya and defended India captain Rohit Sharma after his performance at the T20 World Cup.
India crashed out of the recently-concluded tournament in the semi-final stages with a crushing defeat to England. This had seen many question Sharma’s captaincy and some of them felt that a change in captaincy was needed in the shorter format of the game.
Many suggested the name of Pandya, who is currently leading the Indian T20I side during the tour of New Zealand. However, Butt isn’t fully convinced by the leadership qualities of the all-rounder.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, as quoted by NDTV, the former Pakistan skipper questioned who was seeing Pandya as the successor to Sharma and said that the current India captain wouldn’t have been in the line of fire if he had scored some runs at the T20 World Cup.
Butt also said that in Asia, people start to ask for big changes just for the sake of giving an opinion.
“I don’t know who is seeing him as captain and who is watching such dreams. He has talent and has tasted success in the IPL. But even Rohit Sharma has been successful five to six times in the IPL. If he had scored well in a couple of matches (in the T20 World Cup 2022), people wouldn’t have been talking about making this change at the top,” said Butt.
“In the Asian subcontinent, people start talking about such drastic and big changes rather soon. Not all of them, but quite a few, who probably don’t understand how these things work. Sometimes, just for the sake of giving an opinion, people say, ‘change the captain’,” he added.
Butt further strengthened his claim by saying that only one captain eventually won the World Cup and it doesn’t mean that the rest of the eleven skippers of other teams are bad.
“Only one captain has won the World Cup, the rest of the teams have lost. Will you change the captains of all 11 teams because they lost the World Cup?”, said Butt.