‘Some Retirements Also Coming Through’: Ex-India Skipper’s Bold Prediction After India’s WC Exi – NewsUnfolded

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New Delhi: Former India opener Sunil Gavaskar shared a straightforward opinion following team India’s humiliating 10-wicket defeat to England in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 semi-final at the Adelaide Oval. Team India’s much-maligned bowling attack and an inconsistent top order has once again managed to bag the limelight in the aftermath of India’s exit from the tournament.

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Sunil Gavaskar predicted the Indian camp might see a few retirements coming up after another disappointing ICC tournament. India’s early exit in tournaments during the knockout stage has become quite a familiar story. The last time India won an ICC tournament was under MS Dhoni’s captaincy, the 2013 Champions Trophy.

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“There will be some retirements also coming through, you never know. This is not the time to think about it. You really get away from it, give it a lot of thought but there are a lot of players in their mid-30s who would consider their position for the Indian T20 team,” Gavaskar told the broadcaster after IND-ENG match.

Gavaskar asserted that Hardik Pandya, having won IPL as a captain in his first assignment, will lead a ‘completely different’ Indian team after the T20 World Cup.

“For the tour of New Zealand, it’s a different team. The team is going there under Hardik Pandya. He will begin to put his stamp on the team because clearly, the selection committee has sent a signal that he, having won the IPL in his first assignment, as a captain, they have marked him out as captain for T20s. So I think with Pandya, it will be a completely different team,” the former Indian opener added.

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