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Tweeple doubt longevity of Rohit Sharma as captain after Virender Sehwag re-ignites split captaincy debate

Rohit Sharma has announced the India skipper in all formats of cricket this year but since then the skipper has been unavailable for multiple series due to health and fitness issues.

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Rohit Sharma who’s currently isolated in London after testing positive for Covid-19 is again in the split captaincy debate. The talks started after the former Indian opener Virender Sehwag made a remark at Rohit health and longevity as a captain.

Ever since Rohit was announced as the Indian captain in all formats of cricket, the skipper has not been able to participate in all of India’s matches. The reason behind is unavailability have been injuries, health issue and workload management.

And by stating the facts and keeping Rohit’s age in mind, Virender Sehwag thinks that Indian skipper should be relieved from T20 captaincy duties. And that’s when India’s negligence towards split captaincy in international cricket is once again under scanner. However, several countries like Australia and England are already following the split-captaincy rules.

For the unversed, the concept of split captaincy was initiated in 1997 when Australian selectors appointed Mark Taylor for Test cricket and Steve Waugh for the One Day Internationals. And till date cricket teams from different nations have different captains for red and while ball cricket.

But till date BCCI did not feel the need to implement such rule in Indian cricket. This highlights both, do Indians lack in captaincy skills or can men in blue not function under two captains. While several nations have smoothy functioned under two captains, India seems a bit uncomfortable with split captaincy.

Even last year when Virat Kohli stepped down from T20 captaincy, he wanted a new captain for the shortest format of cricket and he wanted to lead the team in both longer formats. But BCCI forced him to step down from ODI captaincy and when the cricketer refused to do so, the board forcefully announced Rohit Sharma as the new 50 overs captain.

BCCI wanted to have Rohit Sharma as the white ball cricket captain and Virat Kohli for the red ball cricket. But seems like the BCCI forcefully removing him from ODI captaincy hurt Virat Kohli and he later even stepped down from the Test captaincy. And finally, Rohit Sharma was announced as the Indian captain in all formats.

However, the concept of split captaincy has not even been tried much in Indian cricket. And several cricketers like legendary Kapil Dev believed that split captaincy can’t work in Indian cricket claiming it not being a part of Indian culture.

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Ahead of upcoming India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2022 match, Babar Azam says pressure is always there

The limited number of head-to-head matches between the arch rivals in the last decade has further increased the importance of the face-off between the two sides.

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India and Pakistan, the two biggest cricket rivals, are set to face off against each other in Asia Cup on August 28 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The India-Pakistan match is one of the most awaited encounters in the field of cricket as the fans rarely witness this rivalry on the field because the two teams haven’t played any bilateral series since January 2013.

In such a case, the two arch-rivals only met with each other in ICC events like Asia Cup and T20 World Cup which give the fans a chance to cheer for their respective teams in the high-value match.

Ahead of the upcoming India-Pakistan match in Asia Cup 2022, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is not shy in admitting that the India-Pakistan game has always been a pressure game. The pressure is always there, he admitted it during an interaction with journalists.

Responding to the question that Pakistani players are under huge pressure ahead of much awaited India Pakistan encounter in the upcoming Asia Cup, Babar said yes, obviously the pressure is different in the high voltage encounter.

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Pakistan will try to play it like a normal match only as the team did in T20 World Cup 2021 which is to focus on the game and believe in the team. This time too the Pakistan players are going to give their best. The effort is in the player’s hands but the result is not, he said.

The limited number of head-to-head matches in the last decade has further increased the importance of the face-off between the two sides.

Squads For Asia Cup 2022

India

Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan

Pakistan

Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, and Usman Qadir.

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IND vs WI: Tweeple question Rohit Sharma’s fitness after back spasm complaints

In yesterday’s match, Rohit Sharma had walked back to the pavilion and was later declared retired hurt.

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Indian skipper Rohit Sharma is having a tough time with injuries. In the third T20 match against West Indies, Indian skipper walked back to pavilion after he was declared retire hurt.

Winning the toss, India invited West Indies to bat first and host put up a total of 164 on the loss of 5 wickets for India to chase. West Indies opener Kyle Mayers became the top-scored with 73 off 50 balls while Rovman Powell contributed with 23 runs.

Later Indian skipper Rohit Sharma came out with Suryakumar Yadav to open the India Innings. But after playing five balls, the skipper walked back to the pavilion. He was later declared retired hurt and the score board showed India down by one wicket and Shreyas Iyer came on crease to make partnership with Suryakumar Yadav.

BCCI took to their official Twitter handle and informed that Rohit Sharma has a back spasm and has been advised to rest.

The third number batsman played well until, Hardik Pandya walked in after Shreyas Iyer got out. But was Suryakumar Yadav, who stepped up, took the plunge and scored 76 off 44 balls. Wicket keeper Rishabh Pant remained not out with 33 off 26 balls.

India may have won the match with ease and took a lead of 2-1 in the five match series against West Indies, but Rohit Sharma’s regular fitness issues are now annoying the Indian audience. This is not for the first time that Rohit Sharma has walked back and declared retire hurt.

Rohit Sharma is the only Indian who has been declared retire hurt more than once in the shortest format. Moreover, the regular captain was rested for the ODI series against West Indies and erlier during the IND vs ENG decider Test match, Rohit was Covid positive.

Before that also Rohit was rested due to fitness issues and he had also spend time in NCA camp to regain his fitness. But still such complaints keep arising and with T20 World Cup coming in three months India cannot afford regular captain to have fitness issues every week.

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IND vs WI: Tweeple compare Suryakumar Yadav with AB De Villiers, SKY jumps to 2nd position on ICC Men’s T20I rankings

SKY played a match-winning innings of 76 runs and has helped team India clinch the third T20 game from hosts.

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Team India’s current opening batsman in the IND VS WI T20 series, has made the nation proud yet again. Skipper Rohit Sharma and Head coach Rahul Dravid took risk in the ongoing T20 series against West Indies and brought Suryakumar Yadav.

While several cricket critics doubted this decision, Suryakumar Yadav played such match winning innings in all these three matches that people are now calling him at the rightful opener of Indian cricket team.

SKY played a spectacular innings of 76 runs and has helped team India clinch the third T20 game from the hosts. Not just that, this innings has also helped him rise three places on the ICC T20I ranking.

The latest ICC Men’s T20 batter’s rankings shows Suryakumar Yadav at the second position after Pakistan skipper Babar Azam topping the list. With 816 ratings, Yadav is just two points away from Babar.

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Last night Suryakumar played a very valuable innings by making apt use of entire ground, and since then, tweeple are calling him the new Mr. 360. For those who don’t know Mr. 360 tag was given to former South African batsman AB De Villiers. AB used to play various shots in each side of the ground giving tough time to the ballers. He even invented the shot ‘reverse sweep’.

And last night, the cricket lovers got to witness the same, when Suryakumar Yadav played different and difficult shots with ease by making full use of the cricket ground.

Coming to bat first West Indies gave a total of 164 runs for India to chase. And after losing the second match the Indian cricket team was looking to redeem themselves but soon after Rohit Sharma was declared retired hurt after playing six balls, Indian fans were in a fix, but then Yadav took the load and played a valuable innings.

The other side of the batsmen kept building short partnerships with him and throwing away their wickets but Suryakumar stayed and made sure India takes a lead of 2-1 in the five match T20 series against West Indies.

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