India faced off against New Zealand in the final ODI of the three-match series on January 24, Tuesday and much to the delight of the Indian fans, they won the game on the back of centuries from skipper Rohit Sharma and youngster Shubman Gill, who helped the team put on 385 runs on the board at the end of the first innings.
To add more, the Indian team put on 212 runs for the 1st wicket and the duo carried on with the form from the previous series in the white-ball format. With Gill fast becoming an all-format player, one could understand that the right-handed batter has cemented his place as an opener for the upcoming 50-over World Cup set to take place at home later this year.
India are facing a possibility of a captaincy change, with Hardik Pandya taking over from Rohit in T20Is. Opening up on the same, former Pakistani wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal claimed that there was no need to implement split captaincy for Pakistan, given that the multinational tournament is just months away.
Virat Kohli ki himmat hai vo 5 saal nikaal gaya: Kamran Akmal
However, Akmal was not fully against the decision as he claimed that two captains for three formats would work instead of three captains for three different formats. It remains to be seen if Babar Azam would be stripped of his role as the skipper of the Pakistani team on the back of continued defeats at home.
“I don’t support three captains for three different formats. You can have two captains. Also, there’s no time to change a captain now, because you have a World Cup coming up. You could’ve made the change after the 20-20 World Cup last year, because the new captain would’ve had some experience by then,” Akmal was quoted as saying in the video uploaded by Salman Butt.
“You can have two captains, for sure. You can manage workload that way. It’s not easy to captain in all three formats. Virat Kohli ki himmat hai vo 5 saal nikaal gaya, Rohit Sharma ko ek saal nahi hua aur uski haalat dekh lo kya ho gayi. Toss me bataana bhool gaya ki batting karni hai ya bowling (Kohli is brave that he spent 5 years as captain across formats. Rohit didn’t even complete a year and look what’s happening to him. He even forgot at the toss if he wants to bat or bowl),” he added.