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Sunil Gavaskar & Suresh Raina Back A 24-Year Old Over Rohit & Rahul As Next Test Captain

After Virat Kohli decided to give up his role as the captain of Team India in Test cricket, former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar and middle-order batter Suresh Raina have recommended Rishabh Pant as his replacement instead of names like Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul.

While in a conversation with India Today, Gavaskar suggested that the Indian cricket board and the selection committee must consider Pant as Kohli’s successor based on the fact that he is an automatic pick across all three formats of the game and the work he did as the leader of the IPL squad Delhi Capitals last season was phenomenal considering all things.

However, the most important reason that the Little Master gave behind making Pant his top choice is that he wants to see how the southpaw may rise to the occasion when asked to shoulder the responsibility of an entire nation in the purest format of the game that exists in today’s world. 

Sunny Gavaskar tells me on @IndiaToday : “if it were up to me, I would make Rishabh Pant the next test captain”

— Nikhil Naz (@NikhilNaz) January 15, 2022

Citing the example of the time when Ricky Ponting resigned as the Mumbai Indians captain and the onus went on Rohit Sharma’s head and how the ‘Hitman’ has evolved his game ever since Gavaskar feels a similar experiment with Pant may also unlock something special within the Roorkee-born.

It is a highly unlikely scenario in which the team selectors would overlook players who are a lot more senior than Pant and have experience in the seat of a leader like Sharma and KL Rahul. Nonetheless, it seems as if Gavaskar’s wildcard pick began to gain a lot of attention on the internet with even Suresh Raina backing up Pant as the top choice.

Very good idea @NikhilNaz bhai ! He will be good captain agree with sunny bhai

— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) January 15, 2022

However, not everyone in the comments section was as optimistic about Pant’s ability to lead a team from the front, especially in the longest format of the game. Most fans felt like although Pant is a great player and has already achieved a lot of great things at such an early age, it is still not the time for him to be given the steering wheel to the massive wagon that the Indian cricket team is.

Gavaskar sathiya gya h
har match ke baad isake statement badalate rahate h
abhi pant 100 kiya h isliye bol raha
agar 2-3 match haar gya ya flop gaya yahi gavaskar usake against statement dega

— (@_Btech_) January 15, 2022

That’s the mentality of one of Indian Greatest player he’s suggesting the player with no temperament to be Captain of Indian side. Kl Rahul is my opinion is a good choice he’s sensible and have a long career ahead

— Hamza khan (@HamzakhanWrites) January 15, 2022

But he needs to first cement his place in the team. He is too volatile a player, he has to learn first to value his wicket and play consistently. Maybe in shorter version he can be appointed instead of Rohit and then move him to Test gradually.

— Nilesh Pandit (@nileshp1981) January 15, 2022

Rohit and KL as Captain and VC respectively and Pant can be groomed as the next captain imo , he has a lot of potential

— Parth (@ImParth05) January 15, 2022

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