Interim Indian T20I skipper Hardik Pandya has led the team for nearly a full year. But according to TOI, the great all-rounder might be ineligible for inclusion for the T20I series. This is following an injury to his ankle that kept him outside of the World Cup. Senior cricketers including Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, as well as the fast bowlers are allegedly scheduled to be rested ahead of a crucial Test series against South Africa.
3 players who can captain Team India during Australia T20I series if Rohit Sharma is rested
3) KL Rahul
KL Rahul has shown to be an essential member of the Indian cricket squad. He is a deserving of the vice-captain position in all three forms. Rahul has shown his leadership skills by wearing the captain’s hat for India when star players are out with injuries.
KL Rahul reversed the tables by leading the Lucknow Super Giants through the IPL finals during his outstanding captaincy tenure, despite the fact that India lost all three of their One-Day International matches against South Africa earlier this year. He’s a good candidate for captaincy because of his IPL leadership skills and experience as a deputy captain.
2) Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad, has previously captained the side that captured the gold medal of men’s cricket at the Asian Games. He might be the leader of the Men in Blue if most of the senior leaders of the team are absent.
Gaikwad led a backup squad with poise, composure, and wisdom to win India a gold medal. Everyone praised Gaikwad for his captaincy and likened him to MS Dhoni. Nevertheless, Gaikwad might not skipper India in the upcoming Australia T20 series as he is not a regular member of the squad.
1) Suryakumar Yadav
The team’s favourite to take the skipper’s role will probably be Suryakumar Yadav. As Hardik Pandya isn’t available, Surya is expected to be the team’s most seasoned player. Having captained Mumbai in the Ranji squad and the Mumbai Indians during the IPL, he has some experience.
Meanwhile, whenever Rohit Sharma did not appear in the starting lineup, SKY has experience leading a team. But it will be difficult for him to manage a sub-par squad. He would have to lead the side from the front by scoring the bulk of the runs.