Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

With the mushrooming of various T20 leagues across the globe, the shortest format of the game is ruling the roost. On the other hand, with the inception of the World Test Championship Final, the game's longest format has revived itself to some extent. Meanwhile, the 50-over format of the game is in jeopardy and struggling for survival.

However, as the per former India cricketer Ajay Jadeja, the aggressive style of Hardik Pandya’s captaincy would bring the interest of the fans back in the format.

“Whenever you watch Hardik play, he operates in a different way. Not just playing, watch him walking in the afternoon, he has different vibes. He is always aggressive, so when you look at the playing XI, who were the bowlers, Shami, Siraj, be it a good or bad day for him, that’s different. Then he has kept Kuldeep and he himself bowls aggressively. Jadeja is a defensive bowler but is not really that much defensive. His mindset is aggressive so the captaincy doesn’t have a drag in games. Everyone has their own way, some are successful, some are not,” said Jadeja during an interview to a sports website.

“ODI format needs leaders like Hardik. Their attacking style of leadership is the need of the hours, Players and captains like him don’t bore the fans anymore,” he added.

Notably, under Hardik’s leadership, India won the first ODI against Australia in Mumbai. However, he will not be the captain of the Indian team in the second ODI as regular skipper Rohit Sharma has joined the team after taking part in his brother-in-law’s wedding ceremony.