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Who should be the next T20I captain for India?

Team India was humiliated by England in the T20 World Cup semi-finals. To be honest, we anticipated a fight from the Indian side but instead got a mauling from the Hales-Buttler pair. When we tumbled out of the competition, warning bells went up, and some questioned Rohit Sharma’s tournament strategy. Some said he was sluggish and made poor decisions. Others thought he worked too hard and the outcomes were not in his favour.

Some analysts have also urged Rohit to stand down as India’s T20I captain and concentrate only on the Test and ODI formats. Given the workload challenges Rohit has had over the last several years, this isn’t a terrible idea.

Perhaps India does need a shift, new ideas, new energy, and a new crop of actors. We look at three probable prospects to succeed Rohit as India’s next T20I captain.

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Number 1. Rishabh Pant

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If India is willing to take a risk, Rishabh Pant is the greatest bet. He has captaining experience with the Delhi Capitals, however, he has been inconsistent as a captain. Pant has his detractors when it comes to his tactical abilities on the pitch, but keep in mind that he is still very young.

DC’s coach, Australian star Ricky Ponting, has constantly praised Pant, and if a player of Ponting’s calibre is rooting for you at every stage, you should be a terrific player. MS Dhoni has already proven to the world, that a Wicket-Keeper promoted to the captaincy role can work wonders, and maybe, just maybe, doing the same for Rishabh Pant could give him the push he needs to bring in a sense of consistency in his performances.

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Number 2. Hardik Pandya

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The obvious pick for the captaincy. That’s exactly what the Indian doctor prescribed. Hardik Pandya has a vibrant personality that matches the modern type of cricket that India wants to play. People questioned Gujarat Titans’ decision to choose Pandya as captain, but the all-rounder silenced his detractors by leading the team to the coveted IPL championship.

Although the sample size was short (just one IPL season), it revealed hints of Pandya’s tactical genius and man-management abilities. He will lead India in their T20I series against New Zealand, and the team management will undoubtedly be watching his captaincy abilities during the series.

The only question mark around Pandya is his level of fitness. Yes, he has proven his critics wrong, but will he remain in shape? He has a history of persistent back problems, but if Pandya can avoid them, India will be in good hands.

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Number 3. Virat Kohli

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Perhaps Virat Kohli deserves one more dance with the Indian team. Many people think that he was unfairly chastised for his T20I leadership and that he was compelled to resign as a result.

Team India needs a leader, as well as someone who can be loud, and Kohli has all of these qualities. Perhaps he can be someone who can nurture the children. I’m not suggesting Kohli is the greatest option available, but he’s also not the worst.

Currently, Rohit Sharma leads the group, but things may change soon. It will be fascinating to watch how things play out over the next several months.