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Former Cricketer Calls Hardik Pandya ‘New India Captain’ MPNRC

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All eyes will be on Hardik Pandya when a young team India takes on Ireland in a 2-match T20I series starting June 26. The all-rounder had a commendable captaincy in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, leading his team, Gujarat Titans, to their maiden title win. His return to form and excellent leadership allowed the selectors to try him as India’s captain for the upcoming overseas tour.

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As Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and other senior players are in the United Kingdom for the rescheduled 5th Test against England, Pandya will lead a group of youngsters in Ireland. The all-rounder’s way of leading the team has been appreciated by many cricket experts. Former India women’s team head coach WV Raman is the latest person to join the bandwagon.

Speaking with News24 Sports, Raman said that leading Pandya Men in Blue will be an exciting aspect of Ireland T20Is.

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He said, ‘There will be excitement in this series as Hardik Pandya is becoming the new captain of the Indian team. The way he captained the IPL team has raised everyone’s hopes. His habit of taking responsibility was the best thing I found in IPL. Hope he continues like this, motivating everyone well,” Raman told News24 Sports.

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“Secondly, Hardik Pandya is a good all-rounder, he has started bowling again, so when we go to the World Cup, it will give good balance to the team. Once his confidence in bowling builds up, Hardik Pandya becomes a very important member of the team,” he said.

When asked whether Hardik should be India’s first choice after Rohit Sharma as T20 captain. WV Raman said,

“He has captained well for the IPL franchise but you have to see how he leads the Indian team because there is a selection committee here. We have to see what his beliefs, thoughts and views are after seeing his captaincy so that he can take decisions based on that.

While Pandya was made the captain, he will have senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the series. Experienced wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik will also accompany the team to Ireland.

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