Mohammed Shami has weighed in on Team India’s next Test captain.© AFP
The buzz surrounding India’s next Test captain after Virat Kohli decided to resign following the team’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of South Africa has only grown louder. And now pacemaker Mohammed Shami has also had his say. Speaking to Telegraph India, Shami stressed the importance of a strong leader in the game’s longest format after Virat Kohli’s long stint as skipper. In addition, Shami also spoke about the role of individuals in delivering as a team and about India’s new limited-overs captain Rohit Sharma.
“Of course the team needs a leader (in Test cricket). Good that our first series (under the new captain) will be at home (against Sri Lanka next month), so familiarity with the conditions brings some sort of relief along,” he said.
On the other hand, instead of emphasizing who would be India’s next Test captain, he explained that his focus will remain “on how I’m doing and how the bowling unit is performing as a whole.”
“But if you ask me, I’ll focus more on how I’m doing and how the bowling unit is performing as a whole. I’m really not thinking about who takes over the captaincy. We have Rohit (Sharma), while Ajinkya (Rahane) is there too, but all that matters is the result.”
Talking about qualities a leader should possess, along with individual skills, Shami said, “It’s up to the individuals to focus more on their own performance and take greater responsibility as that leads to the results we expect.”
India will host the West Indies for three ODIs and the same number of T20Is from Feb 6.
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