new Delhi. Virat Kohli’s artistic sixes against Pakistan may have given cricket fans from Kashmir to Kanyakumari a chance to celebrate, otherwise Indian cricket in 2022 went through a phase of transformation, with some disappointing results. The good news for Indian cricket was the Rs 48,000 crore IPL media rights deal, which shows the importance of the market in the cricket ecosystem. Although the Indian team could not perform anything special on the field. It started with the Test series defeat in South Africa, after which Kohli relinquished the captaincy of the longer format. Meanwhile, he did not have good relations with the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) and he was removed from the ODI captaincy.
All this happened in January and by the end of the year, the captaincy of the T20 team went to Kohli’s successor Rohit Sharma. In his place, Hardik Pandya has been made the captain of the shortest format. Rohit Sharma had to bear the brunt of the defeat at the hands of England in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup. The Indian team performed better in the bilateral series, but again failed to make a mark in global competitions. The competition in some of the bilateral series was also not special. This is the reason why Virat Kohli’s centuries against Afghanistan (T20) and Bangladesh (ODI) could not attract much attention of the people.
Kohli’s sixes on Harris Rauf were in discussion
Kohli’s six on Pakistan’s Harris Rauf was widely discussed in the cricket world, but the loose attitude of the top-order batsmen including captain Rohit and KL Rahul in the T20 World Cup also became a topic of discussion. Meanwhile, some decisions of head coach Rahul Dravid also cannot be ignored. Be it fielding fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah despite not being fully fit in the T20 series against Australia or not using Yuzvendra Chahal in the T20 World Cup or Kuldeep being named the man of the match in the first Test against Bangladesh. Yadav has to be dropped from the next test. At no point did Dravid prove that he was a shrewd strategist.
Rohit Sharma-KL Rahul disappointed
Rohit’s poor form was also an issue, but KL Rahul was the most disappointed. It became clear that he could not live up to the quality of a leader that the selection committee headed by Chetan Sharma had seen in him. This was the reason that Suryakumar Yadav was appointed in his place in T20 and Hardik Pandya as vice-captain in ODIs.
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Ishant Sharma-Wriddhiman Saha’s career is over
There were also some positive aspects like Shreyas Iyer’s consistent performance in Tests and ODIs and Rishabh Pant’s match-winning performances in Test matches. Shubman Gill also showed his potential at the top level while Ishaan Kishan showed glimpses of his skills. The international careers of Ishant Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha also came to an end this year. Shikhar Dhawan has also been dropped after continuous poor performance and his comeback also seems unlikely.
Chetan Sharma-led selection committee sacked
The Chetan Sharma-led selection committee was sacked by the BCCI after the Indian team’s poor performance in the T20 World Cup. In women’s cricket, Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami, who were the main parts of the Indian team for almost two decades, said goodbye to international cricket. There are enough batsmen to replace Mithali but looking at the bowlers of Harmanpreet Kaur-led team, it seems that filling Jhulan’s place will not be easy.
Roger Binny replaces Sourav Ganguly as BCCI President
Barring Renuka Singh, no fast bowler left an impact and this was the reason why Shikha Pandey returned to international cricket after 15 months. Meanwhile, Ramesh Powar was removed from the post of coach of the women’s team due to differences with a senior player. At the administrative level, former captain Sourav Ganguly’s tenure as the BCCI President came to an end. He got permission from the Supreme Court to continue as president even further, but the board handed over the command to former fast bowler Roger Binny in his place.
FIRST PUBLISHED : December 29, 2022, 18:57 IST