3 Players who can lead Team India on the Sri Lanka tour
There is no doubt in absence of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan has emerged as a probable candidate, but there are a couple of more candidates.
Updated - May 12, 2021 10:31 am
It has been officially announced that a completely different Indian team will tour Sri Lanka for a three-match ODI and three-match T20I series. In normal situations, there are several candidates who emerge to lead the side. However, captain and vice-captain Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma both will be with the Indian Test team in England and are unlikely to come back and play this series.
Having said that, among the other players in the Indian domestic and national circuit, there are some candidates who will be overwhelming favourites. With an extremely young team set to go, it will be difficult to have players who are experienced. When it comes to talent, there is absolutely nothing short in India. However, it is the experience that is required.
Here are 3 Players who can lead Team India on the Sri Lanka tour:
1. Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan has been the part of the Indian white-ball set-up since 2010. But, his big break came in 2013, when he emerged as the highest run-getter during the ICC Champions Trophy in England. Since then, he has been a permanent part of the Indian squad. As a matter of fact, Dhawan’s consistency has been one of the highlights of his career.
After his success as a batsman at the international stage, his then IPL franchise, Sunrisers Hyderabad decided to hand him over the captaincy. Dhawan led them into the Champions League T20 2013 along with the 2014 season of the IPL. However, towards the end of the season, the captaincy was given to Darren Sammy. After this, Dhawan never led the Sunrisers Hyderabad team, nor did he lead Delhi Capitals.
In earlier circumstances, Rohit would’ve been available but he has now sealed his place in the Test side. Dhawan has previously served the role of the vice-captain when Rohit has had to lead India in the absence of Kohli. Dhawan was the deputy to Rohit in the Nidahas Trophy and Asia Cup 2018. Hence, the southpaw would be the senior-most player in this side and would be the frontrunner to take up the role.