Rohit Sharma-India

The Indian cricket team could be on the brink of a significant change in its T20I squad. Recent reports suggest that captain Rohit Sharma might be considering retirement from T20 Internationals after the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2024 in the West Indies and USA. This potential decision is linked to the controversial selection of Hardik Pandya as vice-captain for India’s T20 World Cup squad.

Sharma has been a key figure in India’s white-ball cricket for over a decade, leading the team to numerous victories, including the 2018 and 2024 Asia Cup. However, concerns have arisen about his recent form, particularly in this year’s IPL. With age catching up, there’s speculation that Sharma might bid adieu to T20Is after the World Cup in June this year.

According to reports from Dainik Jagran, Pandya’s appointment as vice-captain was influenced by pressure from BCCI officials, who see him as a potential future captain. However, Pandya has had a mixed IPL season as captain of the Mumbai Indians (MI).

The alleged differences between Rohit and Hardik within the Mumbai camp have added to the intrigue. Despite Rohit’s five IPL titles with MI, Pandya took over the captaincy, leading to speculation about a divided dressing room, with some players still supporting Rohit.

The rapid elevation of the 30-year-old Pandya as a potential future captain of India seems to be causing unease within the team. India’s T20 World Cup performance will be closely watched for indications of any leadership changes. A strong performance by Rohit could extend his career, while continued inconsistency from Pandya might halt his progression as a leader.

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