Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar expressed his opinion on India’s next white-ball captain after Virat Kohli. He has backed the vice-captain Rohit Sharma to take the charge.
On September 16, Indian skipper Virat Kohli announced that he will step down from India’s T20I captaincy role at the end of the T20 World Cup in November.
In a statement posted on his social media platforms, Kohli cited that his decision was necessary in order to manage his workload.
I think Rohit Sharma for the next two World Cups: Sunil Gavaskar
Rohit Sharma, who is currently India’s white-ball vice-captain, is the potential successor of Kohli in the shortest format. But Sunil Gavaskar wants Rohit to lead India in both the T20 World Cups.
“I think Rohit Sharma for the next two World Cups. You could say they (World Cups) are back-to-back, one starting in a month and another exactly a year from now. So clearly, yes, you don’t want to change too many captains at this particular stage. Rohit Sharma would definitely be my choice for the captaincy of the Indian team for both these T20 World Cups,” Gavaskar said on Star Sports.
KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant are the two guys I would look at as vice-captain: Sunil Gavaskar
KL Rahul is currently leading Punjab Kings in IPL 2021 and has also led India unofficially during a T20I match against New Zealand in 2020 when Rohit Sharma was injured after his batting.
Gavaskar named KL Rahul as India’s vice-captain and named Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant as the other contender for the post.
“And then, I’m looking at KL Rahul for vice-captain. I would also keep Rishabh Pant in mind because he has been really impressive in the way he has led a star-studded Delhi team and the bowling changes that he has been making in the T20 format, using (Anrich) Nortje and (Kagiso) Rabada in such a clever manner that actually shows a street-smart captain, and you always want a street-smart captain who can read situations and act immediately. So yes, Rahul and Pant are the two guys I would look at as vice-captain,” Gavaskar asserted.
BCCI announced a 15-member preliminary squad led by Virat Kohli to participate in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE. Three reserved players have also been named apart from the preliminary squad.