Since India’s poor exit from the T20 World Cup 2022, there has been a constant debate over the captaincy of Indian cricket. Many feel that somebody younger should lead the side as they will be able to serve Indian cricket for a long time. Amid all the debates, former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has picked his two candidates for the prestigious role.
He initially named all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who led Gujarat Titans to an IPL trophy last year and also led team India in T20I on multiple occasions. While picking Pandya, Gambhir said that it’s unfair on skipper Rohit Sharma that he is being judged on the basis of only one ICC event.
“Hardik Pandya obviously is in line. But that’s going to be unfortunate for Rohit because I think judging his captaincy in only one ICC event is not the right way to probably judge him,” Gambhir said at an event organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) in New Delhi on Sunday.
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Gautam Gambhir picks young Prithvi Shaw
Surprisingly, Gautam Gambhir also named Prithvi Shaw as a candidate to lead the Men in Blue in the near future. He believes that the selectors can guide the youngster well and he can be a good leader. He stated that Prithvi’s aggressive nature could help him become a successful captain.
“The reason I’ve picked Prithvi Shaw, I know a lot of people talk about his off-field activities, but that is what the job of the coach and the selectors are. The selectors’ job isn’t just to pick the 15, but also to get people walk the right path. Prithvi Shaw is one I feel can be a very aggressive captain, a very successful captain because you see that aggression in the way a person plays the sport,” Gambhir said.
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Shaw made his international debut in 2018 but it’s been more than a year since he appeared in a match for India. Despite showing form in domestic circuit, the selectors ignored him for both the New Zealand and Bangladesh assignments. He led U-19 team as well in some games for Mumbai in the past.
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