Team India last won a major ICC trophy in 2013 under the captaincy of MS Dhoni, since then, the team has reached the semi-finals and finals of many ICC events but has not been able to win a trophy. India’s recent defeat came in the World Test Championship final against Australia at The Oval Stadium, where they lost the match by 209 runs and the team’s defeat streak in knockouts continued.
This loss has also sparked a debate on Rohit Sharma’s captaincy and Rahul Dravid’s coaching. Many frustrated fans on social media have suggested changes to the way forward. In the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup, after India’s disheartening dismissal, both Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid took charge at the helm, while the fans were expecting that the long wait for an ICC title would finally be over.
Ganguly backed Rahul and Rohit
Previous year, the Indian team was knocked out of the Asia Cup too, where they lost matches against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. This was followed by their exit in the T20 World Cup,where they reached the semi-finals but were knocked out by the eventual champions, England. Their recent loss in the WTC has once again disheartened the fans.
In an interview, former India captain Sourav Ganguly was asked about the same things that fans on social media are demanding: “Is there a need for change at the top?” to which he responded, “It is a big decision, and it’s a selector’s job,” before questioning how social media influences such big calls. Ganguly also endorsed Rohit and Rahul, calling them the right candidates for the task and reminding the fans that a major tournament is just around the corner.
The former captain wished the duo best of luck for the World Cup
Ganguly believes that it is ultimately a selector’s job, but social media should not influence these kinds of decisions. He feels that the duo of Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma as a Coach and Captain is right for India currently and will continue until the World Cup. He said “Rohit and Dravid’s duo is currently right for the team, they both are the best, and I wish them all the best”.
The former BCCI president also mentioned Virat Kohli’s name and said that two years ago, Virat himself left the test captaincy, at that time, Rohit was the best option who was appointed the new captain for the Indian cricket team.