Former England captain Nasser Hussain is of the view that split captaincy will not work for Indian cricket at present since Virat Kohli is such an ‘imposing character’. However, he does admit that split coaching might not be a bad idea. Former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh also backed Hussain on the issue of split captaincy as he is unsure how one coach can deal with players having varied mindsets.
Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has expressed his disapproval of the ICC ranking system after the latest rankings released pushed India down to number three while Australia moved up to number one. New Zealand occupy the second rank in the updated rankings.
Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan has stated that he is willing to make a comeback provided there is proper communication from the selectors. The Baroda cricketer last played for India back in 2012 before announcing his retirement in January this year.
Former New Zealand fast bowler and cricket commentator Simon Doull feels that Rohit Sharma is a better one-day batsman than Sachin Tendulkar. According to Doull, Rohit has the ability to maintain the tempo of his innings even while approaching a landmark. Tendulkar, on the other hand, was known to slow down as he approached a hundred.
Former India wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel does not find himself unlucky to have played in the same era as MS Dhoni. According to Patel, he got a chance to play for India before Dhoni, but did not take his opportunities while the latter grabbed his chances with both hands. Patel made his debut in 2002 while Dhoni entered the international scene a couple of years later.
Former India pace bowler Ashish Nehra feels that Indian captain Virat Kohli should have refrained from stating that 'ODIs are not important' after the series loss in New Zealand. It may be recalled while India whitewashed the Kiwis in the T20Is, the failed to win a single match in the ODI series and Tests that followed.
Indian fast Mohammed Shami on Saturday finally opened up on the dark phase of his career, and revealed that he felt like committing suicide not once but thrice owing to the various personal and professional problems he was going through.
Team India's run as the number one Test team in the world is officially over. As per the latest rankings released on Friday, Australia are back on the top of the ratings with 116 points while New Zealand are second with 115. India have slided down to number three with 114 points.
Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq recently opined that during his times, India had the stronger team on paper, but Pakistan ended up having a better record against the Asian opponent as Indians played for themselves while Pakistan played for the team.