There have been reports in the English media that Joe Root could be England’s next Test skipper. But former English spinner Graeme Swann thinks Root is not the best choice as England’s next captain. Rather Root should be left alone so that he could become England’s own Sachin Tendulkar.
In an interview with Wisden India, Swann said, “I don’t actually agree with Joe being made captain because I think he is potentially our best ever batsman. I’d love to just leave him alone, don’t burden him with captaincy. Let him be our Sachin Tendulkar, let him be the best that we’ve ever had.”
He then went on saying that it should be Stuard Broad instead of Root as the probable name to be the England captain for a while.
“I think the pressures of captaincy are all encompassing. I don’t think it’s going to help his batting. I hope I’m wrong, I really do. And I hope he does go on to greater things like Virat (Kohli) and Steve Smith especially. But I hope I’m wrong and I stand to be corrected, but I’d have let Stuart Broad do it for a while.”
It should be noted that no matter how great Sachin Tendulkar was as an individual performer with the bat in hand, he could never make a good captain in his career.
Tendulkar had two unsuccessful tenures as the captain of the Indian team. Having had to shoulder the burden of the batting lineup right throughout the 90s, the iconic cricketer struggled to embrace the challenges of captaincy.
From 98 matches as skipper across both Tests and ODIs, he managed to win only 27 of those and lost as many as 52 games.
Meanwhile, Swann also justified the reason behind his retirement what many believed came a bit earlier than expected.
“I finished because I couldn’t feel my fingers any more. I have a nerve problem in my elbow. I played three matches more than I should have done. I should have never gone to Australia (2013 Ashes).
“I’d have given anything to still be playing Test cricket now. I wouldn’t be in the one-dayers, but Test cricket, I would have played till I dropped dead. I love that game. I miss it massively.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com