There’s probably no divisive figure bigger than Virat Kohli in Indian cricket, if not world cricket. Love him or hate him, but you can’t stay away from being swayed by the now former Indian cricket.
While it is for another time to decide if it was sudden or planned perfectly, sports betting website Bets.com.au have looked at who could be the next test captain.
The five potential captaincy choices are listed below (not in any particular order):
Already anointed the white-ball captain of the Indian cricket teams, Rohit remains the frontrunner to take over the reins. Although not a perfect metric to judge leadership skills, Rohit’s record of five IPL titles with Mumbai Indians makes him an exceptional choice. Likened to MS Dhoni for his leadership style, the 34-year-old ticks all the boxes India right now needs during transition. The downside is that Rohit doesn’t have age on his side and his white-ball responsibilities to go with fitness issues could make him a tricky choice.
Having already moved up the leadership ladder pretty quickly, Rahul has suddenly become a top pick. With a calm demeanour Rahul can be the complete opposite of Kohli’s wear your heart on the sleeve. Experience in leadership positions can be a problem because it was just his IPL tryst with Punjab Kings to lean back on. However, BCCI seem to have hedged their bets on Rahul and don’t be surprised if he becomes the successor.
Age is definitely on the side of the 24-year-old Rishabh Pant whom Sunil Gavaskar has specifically called out as his first choice. Flamboyant with the bat and with a game bordering on reckless, Pant is another of those batsmen who divides opinion in the middle. However, there is a school of thought that responsibility will bring the best out of Pant. There’s no proven leadership acumen from the past but then he could well turn out to be India’s Graeme Smith!
The smiling assassin, the leader of Indian attack, the thought-provoking seamer – Jasprit Bumrah has been one of the biggest revolutionaries of Indian pace bowling in recent times. He’s been at the left, right and centre of India’s away Test wins in the last five years under Kohli. Having already established as a bowling leader, can Bumrah graduate to be an overall leader? After all, if Pat Cummins can, why not Bumrah!
No captaincy discussion is complete without a left-field choice. And our left-field choice is Shreyas Iyer. He’s yet to establish himself in any of the Indian teams, but there is no shortage of Iyer’s batting credentials. There are never any doubts that the 27-year-old is going to be the next biggest Indian batting star. The question is – will he be able to juggle it with being a captain, if chosen?
Lots of ifs, lots of buts – the question of who’s next is a burning one for the Indian selectors at the moment. Who among the above five do you think should make the grade?
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