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‘7 buzurg honge toh bhi dikat hai..’: Ajay Jadeja slams Rohit’s captaincy

It was not a heavy defeat for skipper Rohit Sharma and co. against England in the 2022 T20 World Cup semi finals on November 10, but it was also a disappointing night full of criticism for the entire team, including the selectors and coach Rahul Dravid.

England’s opening duo of Alex Hales (86*) and Jos Buttler (80*) tore through the Indian bowlers and forged an unbeaten 170-run stand to take the English team to the final of the tournament. Now, they will play against Pakistan at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground on 13 November for the ICC Men’s T20I World Cup 2022 trophy.

Apart from Virat Kohli (50) and Hardik Pandya (63), none of the Indian players could show their magic in the semi finals. Skipper Rohit Sharma’s performance was also below average as he scored just 116 runs in six innings at a disappointing average of 19.33.

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His captaincy decisions in the semi-final match have been questioned by pundits, while former Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja has made a fairly straightforward assessment of Rohit’s tenure as India’s T20I captain so far.

Main ek baat bolunga jo chubhegi agar Rohit Sharma sunenge, agar team banaani hai kisi captain ko, toh usko saare saal team ke saath rehna padta hai. Poore saal me Rohit Sharma kitne daure pe rahe? Ye hindsight me nahi keh raha, ye main pehle bhi bola hu. Aapne team bani hai, aur aap saath nahi rehte. Coach bhi New Zealand nahi jaa rahe. (I would say one thing which might hurt Rohit Sharma. If you have to make a team as captain, you have to stick with the side for the entire year. How many series did Rohit Sharma play this year? I’m not saying this in hindsight, I’ve been saying this since before. Even in New Zealand, coaches don’t travel),” Cricbuzz quoted Jadeja as saying.

Ghar ka ek hi buzurg hona chahiye, saat buzurg honge toh bhi dikat hai. (There should only be one leader in the team. If there are 7, it would be hard).” the former India player said further.

In 2022, BCCI experimented with several captains in various bilateral T20I series. Also, Rishabh Pant led the side in a five-match T20I series against South Africa in June, Hardik Pandya led India against Ireland. Apart from this, the captains were also changed for the ODIs.

Khalid Khan

Khalid Khan is CO-Editor for Sports section on Brews.co.in.

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