Aiden Markram, South Africa's U-19 World Cup-winning captain, had a terribly tough series against India in his first stint as skipper at the senior level. A former captain, Graeme Smith has stated that the management should allow young players to gain experience before thrusting responsibility on them and that Markram wasn't the ideal choice for the competition against a team as strong as India.
"I don't think it was the right decision," Smith said. "Everyone has been talking about his leadership. Probably coming from me that doesn't make sense because I got given the job at a very young age. I think it was an interim thing, not a full-time thing. I would have rather have had him find his place, find his feet within the one-day set-up, try and get runs behind him. South Africa need players to step up and perform."
"I think in the short term, with AB coming in after three games he could have stepped in, and they could have looked at Duminy or Amla in the first couple and allowed someone like Markram just to settle. One, he was batting out of position at No. 4 at the start of the series, something he had to come to terms with, and then you've piled him under pressure not only on his own game but also as a captain. He would have gained a lot experience-wise but let's just hope his confidence hasn't taken a dent."
"His performances since the start of his career say that he can bat at this level. He's obviously got the leadership credentials from Under-19, he's spoken highly as a personality and as a person mature for his age. But I just think allowing him to grow and develop and become a strong player within the line-up, we are talking about the next-tier of cricketers."
"What was disappointing for me was that I don't think the other senior players stepped up around him - the Amlas, Duminys, Millers, those guys just never got it going from a performance perspective, an intensity perspective. They needed to get behind and lead the way almost."
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