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Three Indian Players Who Can be Handed over the Captaincy for Afghanistan Test

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In the absence of Virat Kohli, there has to a new captain in line for the one-off Test against Afghanistan. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

The Indian team will lock horns against Afghanistan in the historic one-off Test match commencing on June 14 in Bengaluru. It is going to be a maiden Test match for the Afghanistan team.

Virat Kohli will skip the one-off Test match against the Afghan team, as he is set to play for Surrey to prepare himself for the forthcoming England tour. Moreover, it is also expected the players like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah will travel with India A team. These players will look to get acclimatised to the English conditions and thus would give a miss to the Test against Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara will stay back in England to carry on with their respective counties. It leaves the Indian team with limited options for the captaincy role against Afghanistan game.

Let’s take a look at the Three Possible players who can lead against Afghanistan.

KL Rahul


KL Rahul. Credits: REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

KL Rahul is still young in his International career. However, the flamboyant opener has shown great maturity while batting at the top of the order.

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The Karnataka batsman has played 23 Test matches for the Indian team. Rahul has scored 1458 runs thus far at an average of 40.5. The opening batsman has a good technique, and he can be handed over the reigns from Virat Kohli for the one-off Test.

Wriddhiman Saha


Wriddhiman Saha. Credits: BCCI.

Wriddhiman Saha is an integral part of the Indian Test team since MS Dhoni had hung up his boots. Saha has done a brilliant job behind the stumps for the rank number one team.

Moreover, the wicketkeeper-batsman has also played some crucial knocks while batting down the order.

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Saha has scored 1164 runs in the 32 Test matches. The gloveman has scored his runs at an average of 30.63.

The wicketkeeper is an experienced campaigner and can be given the burden of captaincy.

Rohit Sharma


Rohit Sharma. PTI Photo by Shashank Parade.

Rohit Sharma hasn’t able to prove his worth in Tests. However, Rohit’s record in the Indian conditions is decent.

Meanwhile, Rohit has all the experience of leading a side in the limited overs form, and his experience can be vital against Afghanistan.

The Indian white ball deputy has scored 1479 runs at an average of 39.97 in the 25 matches he has played in the whites. Thus, Rohit will be in contention to lead against Afghanistan.

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