Former India cricketer Deep Dasgupta has opined that Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar could be strong contenders while appointing the Indian skipper for the upcoming limited-overs series against Sri Lanka.
The ‘Men in Blue’ are scheduled to lock horns with Sri Lanka later this year without most of their senior members like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma etc. In a recent interview with Sports Today, Dasgupta gave his two choices for captaincy slot for the 3-match ODI and 3-match T20I series versus the island nation.
“Obviously, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul are not available. The senior-most player available in that side is Shikhar, so Shikhar (captaincy option) I guess. One of the questions was ‘who do I see captaining the side?’, I mentioned Shikhar, let’s not forget, if Bhuvneshwar is fit and ready to play, he is a good captain candidate as well for that series,” said Deep.
‘Not surprised with Bhuvi’s omission from Test squad’: Deep
The former wicketkeeper-batsman mentioned that he wasn’t surprised with Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s exclusion from the Test squad for the England tour. He reckoned that injury concerns for the medium-pacer have sidelined him from the longer format of the game.
“I am not surprised (Kumar’s omission from Test squad). They have already got 6 fast bowlers (for the England tour). I understand that those conditions might help Bhuvneshwar but he has not played red-ball cricket for 2 to 2 and half years. And he has struggled with his fitness post 2018.
“You don’t know whether his body will take playing 5-day cricket. As a bowler, if you’re playing, you might have to bowl 20 overs a day and come back the next day as well. I don’t know whether you want to take that chance,” the former Indian wicket-keeper said.