It is safe to say that a captain’s role is extremely vital to a team’s success in the game of cricket. He is the one who makes the most important decisions and builds a strong team. A captain’s vision helps a team reach great heights and dominate the game on the biggest stage. Over the years, India have been blessed with some of the finest leaders in the game of cricket.
From Kapil Dev to Mohammad Azharuddin, from Sourav Ganguly to MS Dhoni, India have had some great captains. Significant contributions from all these cricketers have helped India become a lethal force in International Cricket. Currently, Rohit Sharma leads the Indian Cricket Team in T20 internationals, while Virat Kohli is the captain in the other two formats.
There is no denying that both are exceptional leaders and have proved their mettle on numerous occasions. But, having said that, there are concerns are to who would take over the leadership roles in the future. Has India produced enough players who have the ability to lead the team in the future? Thanks to IPL, there are a good number of options to look at. On that note, here’s a look at five young Indian Cricketers who can captain India in the future.
5 Young Indian Cricketers Who Can Captain Team India in Future
Consistent performances in IPL and international cricket have helped Rishabh Pant become a first-choice wicket-keeper batsman in the Indian team across all three formats. Pant is a highly valued player in the team and is also looked a future captain.
A shoulder injury to Shreyas Iyer helped Pant take over the leadership role for Delhi Capitals in the 2021 edition of IPL. He led Delhi Capitals in Shreyas Iyer’s absence in IPL 2021. Under his leadership, Delhi finished the league stage at the number one position with 10 wins in 14 matches. Rishabh Pant and Co., unfortunately, lost both Qualifier 1 and Qualifier 2 and thus couldn’t win the title.
Nevertheless, the 24-year old wicket-keeper batsman was praised for handling the boys really well and taking gutsy decisions in his very first assignment as skipper in IPL. Ahead of IPL 2022, Delhi Capitals are likely to retain Rishabh Pant as captain and this could further help him improve his leadership skills.