The Sri Lankan cricket team will be on a tour of India in the new year 2023. And, in this tour T20I and ODI series of 3-3 matches will be played. The first T20I series will be played, whose first match is to be played on 3 January. Both the countries have announced their respective teams for this tour. Hardik Pandya will captain the Indian team in this T20I series and Pandya will be the vice-captain in the ODI series. Scenes show that BCCI is now preparing for the future captain of the Indian team. This is the reason why KL Rahul, the regular vice-captain of the ODI team, has been relieved of the responsibility of the ODI team vice-captain.
Looking at the conditions, it is believed that after Rohit Sharma, the responsibility of captaining T20I and ODI Team India will be given to Hardik Pandya. Significantly, KL Rahul was given opportunities, but he could not succeed in the performance of the team. At the same time, whenever Hardik Pandya got the command of the team in the last one year, he also showed his batting and bowling skills. Remind you that Hardik Pandya first got the captaincy of ‘Gujarat Titans’ in IPL 2022. And, he won the trophy in the very first season of the team.
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As Gujarat Titans captain in IPL, he played a total of 15 matches in IPL 2022, in which he scored a total of 487 runs at an average of 44 with a strike rate of 131. Out of 15 matches played, 11 were won and only 5 were lost.
Significantly, in the T20I series played against Ireland (IRE vs IND T20I Series, 2022), the captaincy was in the hands of Pandya. In that series, India had swept Ireland clean.
Records show that Hardik Pandya has captained India in a total of 5 T20I matches so far, winning 4 and tying one match.
Sri Lanka vs India T20I Series
Hardik Pandya Captain, Ishan Kishan Wicket-keeper, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi Tripathi), Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Umran Malik ), Shivam Mavi and Mukesh Kumar.