Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar opened up on his choice of captain for Team India in T20Is after Virat Kohli announced his resignation. The batting maestro backed KL Rahul as an ideal option who the officials should groom as the next Indian captain. However, to proceed steadily, Gavaskar wants KL Rahul to be appointed as India’s T20 vice-captain after the T20 World Cup.
“If India are looking to groom a new captain, then KL Rahul can be looked at. He has performed well. Even now in England, his batting was very good. He has been performing well in IPL and 50-overs cricket as well at the international stage. He can be made vice-captain,” said Gavaskar on Sports Tak.
Appreciating BCCI’s stand of forward-looking, the legendary player mentioned that the 29-year old has impressive leadership qualities which can be seen in the IPL. He backed Rahul with the solid fact that his batting has never been affected by the captaincy.
“It’s a good thing that the BCCI is looking ahead. It’s important to think ahead. He (Rahul) has shown very impressive leadership qualities in the IPL. He hasn’t let the burden of captaincy affect his batting. His name can be taken into consideration,” said Gavaskar.
After the ICC T20 World Cup, Rohit Sharma, who is currently the vice-captain in the white-ball formats is most likely to take up the leadership role in the T20Is.
Gavaskar says Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) will take decision Team India’s head coach
As the situation currently stands, head coach Ravi Shastri has denied an extension to his tenure for the position after the contract ends with the T20 World Cup. Talking of the same, Gavaskar said that CAC will take the decision in this regard.
There is a CAC that will make the decision. If you want to think about the new coach, then you can’t keep talking to the captain. Yes, there needs to be an understanding between the captain and the coach. But you can’t ask a student who his principal or professor can be,” said Gavaskar.