5 Untested captains India should have tried
In a long history of cricket, India produced some brilliant skippers with the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, and MS Dhoni.
Updated - Mar 28, 2020 8:31 pm
In a country of 120 million people, it is quite difficult to represent India in cricket at international level. But, it is not an impossible thing to do. It is known that hockey is the national sport of India. However, cricket is the one that is followed by the fans quite religiously.
When a player begins his career at that time they only aim to be one of those 11 players that take on the field wearing the blue jersey. In a long history of cricket, India produced some brilliant skippers with the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni, who etched their name in the history with their on-field brilliance and sharp cricketing mind.
It is one of the aspects that makes cricket look quite good. Meanwhile, there were some players, who had all the elements to lead Team India but never got a single opportunity to show their leadership qualities in their entire career.
Let’s list out five players that India should have tested as a captain for Team India:
1. Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh bid adieu to international cricket after getting ignored for some time by the Indian selectors. But there was a time when he was a nightmare for any bowler across the globe. From 2005 to 2011, the Punjab-born cricketer helped India in clinching some crucial victories.
He turned out to be the main reason behind India’s triumph in the inaugural edition of T20 World Cup. In the same event, he smacked six sixes in an over of England’s fast bowler Stuart Broad. He was a brilliant fielder, great batsman, and utility bowler. Yuvraj had all the elements of becoming a good skipper. Meanwhile, there was a buzz that he might be appointed as the skipper of the team in ODI format after the departure of Rahul Dravid.
However, that never happened and MS Dhoni was given preference ahead of the left-handed all-rounder. In the future also their came some opportunities, but Indian selectors felt that Yuvraj Singh was never a ‘captain material’.