WI vs IND: 3 Players who can lead India in 4th T20I if Rohit Sharma is ruled out

WI vs IND: 3 Players who can lead India in 4th T20I if Rohit Sharma is ruled out

Rohit Sharma had to leave the field due to a back spasm in the third T20I against the West Indies.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Rohit Sharma might have shattered Virat Kohli’s record of hitting the most number of sixes by an Indian T20I captain in the third game against the West Indies at St Kitts on Tuesday, August 2, but his fitness has once again let him down just when the Indian selectors as well as the team management look to finalize the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup squads.

The incident happened during the Indian run chase when Rohit attempted a ferocious shot on the on-side and ended up hurting his lower back. Sharma looked in deep discomfort and after a long chat with the physio, decided to leave the field. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) went on to clarify that the captain was being monitored by the medical team and are yet to provide an update on his status.

As of now, it remains to be seen whether the injury would rule Rohit out of the remainder of this series or even next match for that matter and in case he is able to take no further part, here are the three candidates who can be India’s stand-in captain for the next match.

3 Players who can lead India in Rohit Sharma’s absence:

1. Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Rishabh Pant helped India get past the finish line in the last game with an unbeaten 33 runs off 26 balls. While the wicketkeeper-batter has been consistent in Tests and One Day Internationals, that has not been the case in the shortest format yet as he has been blowing hot and cold in the last couple of months.

As far as his captaincy experience is concerned, Rishabh was the stand-in captain of the Men in Blue in the absence of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul during the home T20Is against South Africa which was tied at 2-2. Apart from that, he also led the Delhi Capitals in the last two editions of the IPL.

DC made it to the playoffs and finished third in 2021 while they had to contend with a fifth-place finish in the 2022 season. Therefore, Rishabh Pant might be one of the captaincy options for the fourth T20I against the Windies.

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