Neither Shikhar Dhawan nor Hardik Pandya: Danish Kaneria names shock decide as India’s captain for SL tour

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India opener Shikhar Dhawan

The BCCI is but to substantiate India’s squad for his or her white-ball task in Sri Lanka, however the followers have been licking their lips to see a brand new face taking cost of the aspect. 

Whereas India tackle New Zealand within the much-awaited World Take a look at Championship and England in a five-Take a look at rubber, a new-look squad sans skipper Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, and Rohit Sharma will tour Sri Lanka for a white-ball sequence comprising three ODIs and as many T20Is.

Many followers and consultants have backed skilled gamers like Shikhar Dhawan or Hardik Pandya to guide the aspect in Sri Lanka however former Pakistan tweaker Danish Kaneria has thrown a brand new identify within the combine. Kaneria backed Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson to be the skipper if the staff administration plans to groom somebody for the long run.

“The Sri Lanka tour is a good alternative for India to probably discover its subsequent captain and groom him. The alternatives aren’t lots. In actual fact, there are solely two choices. One is Sanju Samson, who has captained Rajasthan Royals within the IPL and seemed good behind the stumps as effectively. The second possibility is probably the most senior participant, Shikhar Dhawan. He’s a senior participant in ODIs and T20Is,” mentioned Kaneria on his YouTube channel.

“Nevertheless, is he a long-term possibility to guide India sooner or later? Or Samson has the time and alternative to enhance himself going forward? Or will Hardik Pandya be captaincy materials? All these are robust questions. However so far as I’m involved, I’ll go together with a participant who, sooner or later, can lead India.”

Samson, 27, was given cost of the Rajasthan outfit earlier than the beginning of IPL 2021. The Kerala batsman took over the reins from Steve Smith, who was bought by Delhi Capitals within the mini-auction earlier this 12 months. Samson, who additionally was the highest run-scorer of Royals with 277 runs in seven video games, led his franchise to fifth place within the factors desk earlier than the event got here to a halt. 

“Shikhar Dhawan is more likely to get India’s captaincy in Sri Lanka. Not Shaw, Samson… however Dhawan. But when it had been as much as me, I must go together with Samson. 

We needs to be prepared, that sooner or later, if Virat is keen to step down as captain, then he needs to be the subsequent in line. Now we have to be prepared that if Kohli is not round, we have to groom somebody. So I’d go together with Samson however Dhawan stays a robust contender,” added Kaneria, who represented Pakistan in 61 Exams and 18 ODIs.

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