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After Virat Kohli announced that he’ll step down from the post of India’s T20I captain after the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021, it is almost certain that vice-captain Rohit Sharma will take over the leadership role. However, theories are extensive when it comes to who will become the next future captain of India.

Here’s a list of potential captaincy options for India apart from Rohit Sharma.

> Shreyas Iyer: Iyer’s IPL record and his captaincy skills in the last edition of the tournament shows that he should be at the forefront of the race to become India’s next capatin. One of the most dynamic players around, Iyer was given the role of leading the Delhi franchise midway through the 2018 campaign, and he sparked a turnaround the very next year as the franchise qualified for the play-offs after a long gap of seven seasons.

> KL Rahul: Though Punjab Kings have not had the best record under him — since he was appointed captain of the franchise in 2019, the side have failed to make the playoffs on both occasions — he has been a revelation with the bat, though his strike rate could remain a sore point. He has accumulated over 590 runs in each of the last two completed seasons and ended the first half of IPL 2021 with 331 runs at an improved strike rate of 136.21.

> Rishabh Pant: Hear us out. He’s young, and you don’t want any added pressure on him, but you can’t deny his role in ensuring Delhi finished on top of the Indian leg of IPL 2021 despite being handed over the reins at the last moment following Iyer’s injury.

> Jasprit Bumrah: An unlikely choice, you’d say, but his handling of pressure has remained top-notch this far. After the aggressive streak of Kohli, having a captain like Bumrah, who exudes a Dhoni-esque calm, might not be the worst move.

So, whom do you think should become the future caption of Indian Cricket team?


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Joydev Mishra

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