India 'must follow England T20 template'

India must appoint a new Twenty20 captain and follow England's template to revive their fortunes in that format, former head coach Ravi Shastri says.

Rohit Sharma remains India's all-format captain but the team's defeat in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup in Australia has prompted calls to inject fresh blood into the side.

Rohit and fellow batters Virat Kohli and KL Rahul have been rested for India's tour of New Zealand, where Hardik Pandya will lead the T20 squad and Shikhar Dhawan will be in charge for the one-day internationals.

"For T20 cricket, there's no harm in having a new captain, because the volume of cricket is such that for one player to play all three formats of the game is never going to be easy," Shastri said.

"Rohit is already leading in one-days and Test matches. There's no harm in identifying a new T20 captain, and if his name is Hardik Pandya, so be it."

The former allrounder was impressed with how England have transformed into a white-ball powerhouse, and won the T20 World Cup on Sunday to become the first team to hold both the 50-over and 20-over global titles at the same time.

"They sat down and said, 'We are going to change our resources, we are going to identify the best players for the format, whether it's T20 or 50-over cricket', and if it meant certain senior players had to sit out, so be it," he said.

"They got in youngsters who were fearless, who could adapt to that pattern of the game without having to change too much.

"It's a template that can be followed easily. India has got a wealth of resources, and it can start now, from this tour."