Hardik Pandya to take over? Jay Shah drops bombshell on ‘captain’ Rohit Sharma’s future, guarantees India Champions Trophy and WTC win

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Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma, Jay Shah


BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has given a warning to other teams ahead of the final of the World Test Championship and Champions Trophy next year. Both major tournaments are scheduled for next year, with the Champions Trophy to be played first and the final of the World Test Championship to be held later.

India are believed to be one of the favourites for both tournaments. Recently, the Men in Blue broke the ICC tournaments deadlock by winning the 2024 T20 World Cup. This was India’s first ICC title in 11 years. They last won the Champions Trophy in 2013 under MS Dhoni.

India have reached three ICC tournament finals in the last one year, proving their consistency at big events. But sadly, the Men in Blue have won just one final out of these three matches. They suffered heartbreaking defeats in the WTC final and the ODI World Cup final to Australia in 2023 but ensured that they ended their ICC trophy drought by defeating South Africa in the 2024 T20 World Cup final.

Jay Shah congratulates Team India on winning the 2024 T20 World Cup

In a video released by BCCI, Jay Shah congratulated Team India for winning the 2024 T20 World Cup. He dedicated this victory to Rahul Dravid, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja.

“Congratulations to Team India for this historic win. I would like to dedicate this win to head coach Rahul Dravid, captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja. This was our third final in the last one year. We lost in the WTC (World Test Championship) finals in 2023. In November 2023, we won hearts after winning 10 matches on the trot but failed to win the Cup,” said Jay Shah.

While this tournament was Rahul Dravid’s last assignment as India’s head coach, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja have all announced their retirement from T20Is.

Shah also thanked Suryakumar Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh and Hardik Pandya for their important contribution in the last five overs of the final.

“I had said earlier in Rajkot that in June 2024, we would win both the trophy and hearts and raise the Indian flag and our captain did exactly that. The last five overs played a major role in this victory. I thank Suryakumar Yadav, (Jasprit) Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh and Hardik Pandya for their valuable contribution in the last five overs,” Shah said.

Jay Shah warns other teams ahead of WTC finals and Champions Trophy

The BCCI secretary further stated that the next step for the team is to win the WTC finals and the Champions Trophy, which will be held next year. He showed full confidence in Rohit Sharma’s captaincy and backed him to lift both trophies.

“Our next step now is the WTC final and the Champions Trophy. I am fully confident that under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, we will become champions in both the tournaments. I want to thank everyone – Jai Hind, Jai Bharat, Vande Mataram,” Shah added.

India is currently at the top of the World Test Championship (WTC) points table and is in good shape to qualify for its third consecutive WTC final.