3. Aiden Markram

The South African international is one of the most stylish batters going around. Markram has a classical approach to his batting and can play eye-pleasing strokes on the offside, but his power-hitting has come to the fore recently. He has also captained the senior team in the absence of Faf Du Plessis against India in five ODIs in 2018. Markram, aged 23 years and 123 days, was the second-youngest player to captain South Africa in ODIs after Graeme Smith.

2. Nicholas Pooran

The explosive Trinidadian cricketer is one of the best finishers of the game and was recently appointed as West Indies captain for the limited-overs formats. Pooran was part of the Punjab franchise for three years, but after a disappointing 2021 campaign, the franchise opted against retaining him. Although replacing Kane Williamson can be a job too big for the Trinidadian.

1. Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Bhuvneswar is no stranger to leadership roles as he has captained the franchise before in the absence of Kane Williamson in 2019. The Indian quick has also served as vice-captain for the Sri Lanka tour in 2019. His experience will greatly benefit the squad as he has played a lot under Virat Kohli, David Warner, and Kane Williamson.