(NewsRadio); All-rounder Hardik Pandya is expected to lead India in the upcoming T20I series against Sri Lanka, scheduled to start from January 3 in Mumbai.
The second and third matches of the series will be held in Pune (January 5) and Rajkot (January 7).
According to a PTI report, Rohit Sharma’s thumb injury might take some more time to heal and Pandya will be handed the captaincy for the three matches.
However, there is no clarity whether Rohit Sharma will step down from the T20 captaincy or the matter put on hold for the time being.
While it has been clear since India’s T20 World Cup semi-final exit in Australia that there will be a change in guard once the new selection committee takes over, there has been no formal announcement yet.
While Rohit has had a thumb dislocation plus webbing injury, Pandya will be rushing to get fit for the Sri Lanka series.
There are only six T20Is in a year where ODIs will get preference due to the 50-over World Cup and, with Rohit not in the scheme for the T20 World Cup in 2024, it is only imperative that he might skip the T20Is unless he decides on quitting the format altogether.