Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

With regular captain Rohit Sharma opting out and star all-rounder Hardik Pandya missing from action due to injury, India’s Mr 360 degree batsman Suryakumar Yadav will lead the Indian cricket team in the upcoming T20I series against South Africa.

SKY (as Suryakumar Yadav is popularly known) has recently led the team to the T20 series victory against Australia. Several experts and fans are of the opinion that the explosive batter is one of the captaincy options for India for the T20 World Cup 2024.

However, former India opener Aakash Chopra did not agree with the conversation. As per Chopra, Suryakumar does not feature in the list of possible captains.

“I am just looking ahead. Suryakumar Yadav is currently the Indian team’s captain in T20Is, but is he in your list of captains? He is probably the third captaincy choice even for the Mumbai Indians currently. Things have changed. He was the second choice until last year,” said Chopra.

The former opener turned cricket analyst further pointed out that with the arrival of Hardik at Mumbai Indians, Suryakumar is now the third-choice for captaincy behind the all-rounder and Rohit.

“Surya might have become the third choice of his franchise. He will be the Indian captain in South Africa for sure, will captain whenever Rohit doesn’t play and might be the captain against Afghanistan, but World Cup 2024, I don’t see Surya as a captain,” said Chopra.