Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Team India led by captain Rohit Sharma suffered a heartbreaking loss in the final of the recently concluded ICC ODI World Cup 2023 against formidable Australia. With the next ODI World Cup just four years away, the team management could name a new captain for the upcoming mega event. Here is a look at the possible five candidates who could replace Rohit as the captain of the Men in Blue.

KL Rahul

With his batting and wicket-keeping abilities together, KL Rahul is now an asset for the team. He is as cool as a cucumber. He has been part of the leadership group in the past. After a brief loss of form, he made a strong comeback to the Indian team in Asia Cup. Since then his performance graph has shown an upward surge. He was a key member of the team in the recently-concluded T20 World Cup 2023. He is one of the strongest contenders to replace Rohit.

Hardik Pandya

The star all-rounder has earlier taken the mantle of the team as captain in T20Is. He has also played as the deputy of Rohit Sharma. He has been diligently groomed by the team management for the leadership role. However, injury has been an issue with the utility all-rounder. Nevertheless, he is considered as another strong contender for the leadership role.

Shreyas Iyer

The aggressive right-hander has already proved his mettle with some explosive knocks in the higher middle order. He has also done a good job as a captain during the Indian Premier League (IPL). With age on his side and BCCI looking for a long term vision, Shreyas is a good option to be appointed as the captain.

Jasprit Bumrah

Bumrah is not only the premier speedster of the Indian team; rather he is clearly among the best in the business in world cricket currently. He is an experienced player who has been a part of the Indian team for a long time. Previously, he led the team in the historic fifth match of the India vs England Test Series which unfortunately India lost. Bumrah’s calm and aggressive personality and his ability to lead the team with his bowling make him a potential candidate for the Test captaincy.

Shubman Gill

Shubman is drubbed as the next big thing for India and world cricket. Even some experts drub him as the next Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli. His incredible talent and impressive performances so far have already mesmerized several fans and cricketers. He has also cemented his place in the Indian team in all the three formats. He has also the captaincy experience as he has already led India A effectively. With BCCI having a long term plan, Gill could be given a long rope as the captain of the team.