Considering the amount of workload in modern-day cricket these days, it’s not practical to expect one cricketer to lead the team India in all three formats.
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BCCI is hinting towards adopting a split captaincy approach for Team India.
As per reports, when the new selection committee takes charge, it will be mandated to pick captains across three formats, which basically hints towards a move in the direction of split captaincy.
Such a move would enable the availability of captains who are fully prepared to give it their 100% instead of fatigued and mentally exhausted captains.
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With the addition of the T20 format to Tests and ODIs in 2005, the concept of an off-season was thrown out of the window.
Now with the Indian Premier League (IPL) and other T20 leagues around the globe, there is absolutely no time to recover or rest.
When players are not even available to represent the country in all matches, expecting one captain to lead the team in all three formats is ridiculous.
Instead of having one leader for all formats and allowing him to take breaks, which hampers the momentum of the squad, it would be better to have different leaders at least for white-ball and red-ball cricket.
Dhoni gave up the Test captaincy during the tour of Australia in 2014. He wanted to ease Kohli into the role in the longer format before giving him charge of the white ball teams.
“I don’t believe in split captaincy. For the team there has to be only one leader…Split captaincy doesn’t work in India, I was waiting for the right time. I wanted Virat to ease into the job. There is no wrong decision in it. This team has potential to do well in all three formats. I felt it was right time to move on.” said MS Dhoni