Former Indian All-rounder Irfan Pathan recently shared his views on Hardik Pandya’s captaincy and BCCI’s futuristic approach considering him as ‘captain for future’.
While appreciating Pandya’s approach and composure as a captain, the cricket legend expressed his (Pandya’s) concern over his fitness.
Suggesting that Pandya’s fitness should be taken care of, Irfan said on Star Sports, “I think from what I have seen with Hardik Pandya’s captaincy for Gujarat Titans or India last year, I can see he has been communicating well.”
“I was impressed with his approach and composure as captain, but India has to keep in mind one thing if they are going to look at him as a long-time captain, then he has to be focused on his fitness quite a lot. Whether it’s his duty or the team management’s, his fitness is crucial, especially towards the business end of major tournaments,” he added.
He concluded by saying, “With captaincy, the workload also increases. A captain can’t miss many matches.”
Notably, the star Indian all-rounder, Hardik Pandya, is all set to lead team India in a 3-match t20i home series against Sri Lanka in the absence of Rohit Sharma. Later in the ODI series, he will also be there with the Indian squad as the deputy.
Indian team is ready to lock horns with Sri Lanka in a 3 match ODI and T20i series, with the first t20i commencing on the upcoming Wednesday at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.