“The Team Needs A Leader,” says Mohammed Shami of India’s next Test Captain. After Virat Kohli stepped down as India’s Test captain. Pacer Mohammed Shami weighed in on the debate over the team’s next Test captain.
The speculation about India’s next Test captain has intensified following Virat Kohli’s decision. To step down following the team’s 2-1 defeat by hosts South Africa. And now, pacer Mohammed Shami has chimed in.
Shami, speaking to Telegraph India, emphasized the importance of having a strong leader in the longest format of the game following Virat Kohli’s lengthy tenure as captain. Shami also discussed the role of individuals in delivering as a team and India’s new limited-overs captain, Rohit Sharma.
“The Team Needs A Leader” says Mohammed Shami
“Of course, the group requires a leader (in Test cricket). It’s a good thing our first series (under the new captain) will be at home (against Sri Lanka next month), as familiarity with the conditions will be beneficial “He stated.
Instead of worrying about who will be India’s next Test captain. He stated that his focus will be “on how I fare and how the bowling unit performs as a whole.”
“But, if you ask me, I’ll be more concerned with how I perform and how the bowling unit as a whole performs. I’m not thinking about who will take over as captain. We have Rohit (Sharma) and Ajinkya (Rahane), but the outcome is all that matters.”
When asked about the qualities that a leader should have in addition to individual skills. Shami stated, “It’s up to the individuals to focus more on their own performances and take more responsibility, as that leads to the results we expect.”
Beginning February 6, India will host the West Indies for three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and the same number of Twenty-Twenty-Innings (T20Is).