India Tour of Sri Lanka : "Disappointed to see Hardik Pandya not even considered for captaincy"

By Lokmat English Desk | Published: July 14, 2021 04:36 PM2021-07-14T16:36:10+5:302021-07-14T16:36:10+5:30

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Shikhar Dhawan will be leading the Indian team in Sri Lanka for 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is. The name of Hardik Pandya was also doing the rounds but in the end it was the Delhi Capitals batsman who finally got the nod.

The name of Hardik Pandya was reportedly not considered for the role. Hardik's childhood coach is said to be disappointed seeing the all-rounder being snubbed for the captaincy role.

Hardik arrived in Sri Lanka as one of the most experienced cricketers in the Indian team that consisted of as many as six uncapped players. Speaking to Cricket Next, Hardik's childhood coach admitted being disappointed seeing Hardik's name being snubbed.

“He can contribute. He has got the technique and temperament and maturity and if he gets an opportunity he can prove himself. The conditions don’t matter for him as his technique is sound and simple," Jitendra Singh said.

“Definitely, I was (on being asked if he was disappointed to see Hardik being snubbed for the role). He could have been a great option as he can play for five to seven years. He has got new thoughts and has a lot of energy. He could have been a good investment (in captaincy) especially for the white ball format." Hardik has evolved a lot since making his India debut in 2016. Jitendra, however, doesn't feel that the Baroda cricketer hasn't changed as a person.“No, he hasn’t at all. He remains the same Under-16 boy from the club days. To be honest, of late, he has taught me a lot of things because of his exposure and interactions with a lot of players and coaches who are active in international cricket. If you are a good human being, you will be a good cricketer as well. Cricket is a byproduct of your personality," said Jitendra.