Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar was not pleased with Rohit Sharma missing the first One-Day International (ODI) against Australia due to family commitments. In Rohit's absence, Hardik Pandya led India in the first encounter in Mumbai, which India won by five wickets.
Rohit returned for the second and third games, but India went on to lose both matches and conceded the series 2-1. Gavaskar believes it is not right for India to have different captains every other game and feels there is a need to have a continuity given that the World Cup is just a few months away.
“I think he needs to play every game. You can't have a captain who is there for one match and not there for the rest. It is so important. It can happen to any other player. I know it was a family commitment, so he had to be there. That's understandable,” Gavaskar told Star Sports.
“When it comes to the World Cup, you can't have a family commitment; it's as simple as that. Maybe before that, finish everything that you have unless it's an emergency. Emergency is something completely different.”
“You need continuity in leadership. There's a feeling that you have got everybody with you, otherwise there are two leaders. Then there are two leaders that the team is looking at."
In the ODI series decider, India went down by 21 runs, thanks to impressive bowling from the Australian spin duo of Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar who picked up six wickets between them. In fact, Agar dismissed both Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav off consecutive deliveries, that tilted the game in the visitors' favour.