Wed, 29 Sep 2021

Sunil Gavaskar - Rohit Sharma Should Be India Captain "For Next Two World Cups"

Sunil Gavaskar

Indian cricket commentator and former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar opined that Rohit Sharma should be India's captain for the upcoming two ICC T20 World Cups. 

With Virat Kohli announcing earlier this month that he would step down as Team India captain from T20Is after the T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman, scheduled between October 17 to November 14, it has given a big task for the team management to search for his successor. While the big debate continous, Rohit Sharma's name has cropped up everytime for being the best replacement for Kohli.

Sunil Gavaskar has also given his backing to Rohit Sharma, saying the 34-year-old opener is his choice for the role. Gavaskar also offered two names for the position of vice-captain. Gavaskar believes the Team India opener should take over from this T20 World Cup and remain in the position at least till the next edition of the tournament in Australia next year.

"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 captaincy of the Indian team for both these T20 World Cups," Gavaskar said on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected'. 

With Rohit Sharma taking over as the captain, Gavaskar also spoke on the vice-captaincy, saying KL Rahul is an option for the vice-captain's position but also feels Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant is another option for the role after his impeccable leadership in the IPL with Delhi Capitals.

"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 Captains," he added