Virat Kohli’s sudden announcement that he will be stepping down as India’s T20I captain post the T20 World Cup has caught many by surprise. The calls for change in guard in the limited-overs have been gaining momentum. But nobody expected Kohli to announce it before the World Cup. There has been a campaign rallying to axe Kohli as the limited-overs captain owing to India’s inability to win an ICC trophy. Now that Kohli has put in the papers, it will be interesting to see whom India will appoint as its next T20I captain. lets see who are those lucky people who will be T20I Captaincy Options For India.
We look at 4 possible T20I captaincy options for India post the World Cup:
#4 Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma is a hot favorite to replace Kohli as the skipper for the shortest format. Sharma is the most successful IPL captain having won 5 titles in 8 years. He is supposed to have the Midas touch when it comes to leading the side in big tournaments. Sharma has already led India to famous multi-nation wins in the Nidahas Trophy and Asia Cup. He is the natural choice to lead India. But given Rohit Sharma’s age (34), it might not be that wise a move to appoint him as captain.
#3 KL Rahul
The other name emerging from early trends is KL Rahul. Rahul has graciously led a chaotic team like Punjab in two consecutive seasons. He wears the captaincy hat lightly on his sleeves. Rahul once led the Indian team too in New Zealand defending a target. He has the required aptitude to lead a star-studded Indian side. The fact that Rahul is one of the few Indian cricketers who is a surety across all formats makes him a tempting captaincy choice.
#2 Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav is a left-field choice for taking over the captaincy duties. But he can be an interesting candidate to ponder over. He has the experience of leading the Mumbai team in the domestic circuit. Yadav is currently in the form of his life. He owns the number 3 spot for whichever team he plays. Yadav is a gun fielder. He has a good game sense. Yadav might not have an illustrious CV as compared to others on the list, but he is someone who could be counted upon when it comes to donning the leadership hat.
#1 Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant is arguably the best-suited player to captain the Indian T20I team. Pant is a naturally aggressive player who moulds his game accordingly to the format and the situation. He impressively led Delhi Capitals in Shreyas Iyer’s absence. DC currently sit atop the points table. This experience will help his case in taking up India’s captaincy post. The last time a wicketkeeper was made India’s captain, the results were there for everyone to see.