Former India cricketer Ajay Jadeja has backed speedster Jasprit Bumrah to become the next captain of the India National Cricket Team.
Jasprit Bumrah is undoubtedly the best Indian pacer at the moment, and he has a permanent place in the playing XI in all three formats of the game.
Jadeja, in an interaction with Cricbuzz, stated that Bumrah has got the mind to be captain, and he has got a very good understanding of the game. He stated:
“He always plays white-ball cricket. And the qualities required to be a captain [like] understanding the game – he does it the best there’s no doubt about that… If you are thinking about the future and going out of the box, then he has the mind to be the captain. It’s possible to look at him as the next Indian captain because, for it, you have to be a certainty in the team and have an understanding of the game.”
Jasprit Bumrah Can Be An Option Too, Nowhere Written In The Rule Book That Fast Bowlers Can’t Be Captains – Ashish Nehra
In the same interaction, former Indian pacer, Ashish Nehra jokingly said that India has already done a mistake by not making him the captain of the team. Be said:
“India has already made a mistake by not making me the captain. They won’t want to make another mistake (chuckles)! But no, it’s not like that. Courtney Walsh was a captain, Wasim Akram was a captain, Waqar Younis was a captain too… There’s nothing like that…”
Nehra further said that the two front runners in the captaincy race, KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant, don’t have a fixed place in the playing XI in all three formats. He added that it’s “nowhere written in the rule book” that bowlers cant lead the team. Nehra asserted:
“After Rohit Sharma, we are hearing the names of Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul [as contendors]. Rishabh Pant has travelled around the world but has also carried drinks and has even been left out from the team before.
“KL Rahul returned to Test cricket because Mayank Agarwal was injured… So Jasprit Bumrah can be an option too. As Ajay [Jadeja] said, he’s sturdy, a certainty in the team, and is always in the XI for all formats. It’s nowhere written in the rule book that fast bowlers can’t be captains.”