5 Cricketers India can try as captains after the 2023 World Cup
Who will lead Team India after Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma?
Updated - Jul 14, 2021 1:05 pm
2. Shreyas Iyer
One of the leading contenders to lead the Indian team after the 2023 World Cup is Shreyas Iyer. Of all the Indian players right now, Iyer has the highest level of experience as a captain. He has been leading the Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils) squad exceptionally well in the last two and a half seasons of the Indian Premier League.
Iyer was appointed the captain of Delhi Capitals (then Delhi Daredevils) mid-way through the 2018 season, when Gautam Gambhir, who was playing his last season, left the captaincy of the team on account of poor personal performance. The middle-order batsman took on the charge and managed to win 5 games for the team, but could not save them from being tagged as the table bottoms.
The next two years saw the rise of Shreyas Iyer as a player and as a captain. The right-hander led the team to two consecutive playoffs and removed the tag of table bottoms from the team’s name. Such has been the influence of Iyer that Delhi, who was once just a mere participant in the tournament is now regarded as one of the leading contenders for the title.
He led Delhi to their first-ever final in 2020, a feat that even the likes of Virender Sehwag, David Warner, and Gautam Gambhir couldn’t do. The highlights of Iyer’s captaincy include quick decision making, backing his players, leading from the front, and arranging his squad according to the pitches.
Iyer is 26, and at the same time has a mountain of experience behind him. It will be interesting to see if the Indian management will entrust him with the role of a skipper in the upcoming small tours or will KL Rahul be preferred over him.