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Not ideal to have seven captains in a short span but it was an unavoidable situation: Sourav Ganguly


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Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has opened on the recent tail of Indian cricket, where they are having multiple captains. After Shikhar Dhawan was appointed captain for the India tour of West Indies in July, he will become the seventh different captain of the side to lead the team. India have been recently forced to appoint multiple captains in different formats, ever since Virat Kohli decoded to step down from the captains role after the T20 World Cup in UAE last year.

“I fully agree that it is not ideal to have seven different captains in such a short span of time but it has happened because of unavoidable situation,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by the Times of India.

“Like Rohit was all set to lead in South Africa in white-ball but before the tour, got injured. So we had KL (Rahul) leading in ODIs and then for this recent SA home series, KL got injured one day before the series would start,” he added.

“At this level, you need game time and your body becomes stronger as you start playing more and more games,” Ganguly said.

“I had a great career and it was time to move on and I was glad that I finished on a high. In life, the only constant is to keep moving,” Ganguly said while he was asked about missing the team dressing room.

The Indian team has recently faced string of unfortunate incidents that has led to them having number of captains. While Kohli was the first to step down as captain, Rohit Sharma was handed the reigns to lead team India. The star batter then got injured on the eve of the South Africa tour, which led to KL Rahul leading the team, while Kohli also stepped down from Test captaincy.

In between Rohit and Virat, it was Ajinkya Rahane who led the Indian team in the Kanpur Test back in November.

After Rohit, Rahul, Rahane and Kohli, it was Rishabh Pant that was promoted to lead the Indian team in absence of the star trio. While Rohit and Kohli were rested, Rahul was injured a day before the first T20I in Delhi on June 9. After Pant it was it was Hardik Pandya who stepped in next during the Ireland tour, as he made his comeback after an astonishing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 campaign.

While all the captains have had their fair share of success and disappointment, it will be Shikhar Dhawan who will now be in charge to lead the team. He previously managed the team back in July 2021 when India was on Sri Lanka tour.


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