Team India’s batting prowess, evident in their performances leading up to the finals, took a downturn against Australia as they managed only 240 runs. In reply, the Kangaroos chased down the target with ease.
With the next World Cup four years away, the selection committee under Ajit Agarkar faces a daunting task of selecting a new captain for the 50-over format. Let’s take a look at three players who can replace Rohit Sharma as the ODI captain:
KL Rahul is the first name that comes to mind when contemplating the replacement for Rohit Sharma in the ODI captaincy. His sensational comeback since the Asia Cup has been instrumental, and he has good experience leading the team, as we have often seen.
An additional aspect favouring KL Rahul’s candidacy for the role of India’s captain is his calm and composed demeanour, reminiscent of MS Dhoni. We have seen Rahul’s ability to maintain his cool under pressure on the field, making him a promising captain.
Hardik Pandya used to be Team India’s vice-captain until he got sidelined during the World Cup 2023. He knows how to lead, but the hiccup is his constant battle with fitness issues, missing out on some crucial games. The selection committee has quite a challenge weighing him as a captain contender.
For a captain with longevity in mind, Shreyas Iyer fits the bill, thanks to his age, leadership prowess shown in IPL with Delhi Capitals, and his current role as captain of Kolkata Knight Riders. His resilient comeback in the World Cup 2023 adds weight to the prospect of considering him for an extended captaincy run.