Ravi Shastri, the former head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team, has nominated four probable candidates to lead India in the future based on their leadership.
After Virat Kohli stepped down as Test captain in January, Rohit Sharma took over as captain of the Indian team in all three formats. Kohli also lost his T20I captaincy after the end of the T20 World Cup in November 2021, and his ODI leadership was removed before the South Africa tour.
In all three formats, KL Rahul was designated Rohit’s deputy, and he was also elevated to skipper during the South Africa tour (in Rohit’s absence), although India lost all four matches – three ODIs and one Test – while Rahul was captain.
Ravi Shastri names four future captaincy options for India
Ravi Shastri has chosen four leadership candidates who he believes can lead Team India ahead. Virat Kohli had previously stepped down as captain and is no longer the leader in all formats.
Ravi Shastri also stood down as a coach after his contract with India expired after the Twenty20 World Cup in 2021. Rohit Sharma is the current captain in all formats.
Rohit Sharma, on the other hand, is 34 years old, and the team management should start nurturing a captain now, so that when Rohit retires, India may continue to march forward.
Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, and Hardik Pandya have been named as future captaincy candidates by Ravi Shastri. He then went on to explain why these players’ names were chosen in the first place.
“Rohit’s not getting any younger. Neither is Virat (Kohli). They’ll have to look at who might be the captain two years, three years down the line. So that’s where I’ll be looking at. I’ll be looking at Rishabh Pant (Delhi Capitals). I’ll be looking at Shreyas Iyer (Kolkata Knight Riders) very closely,” Shastri said.
“Of course KL Rahul (Lucknow Super Giants), the way he handles that side. And Hardik for the simple reason if that can gain his confidence back,” he added.