Is Rishabh Pant really a captaincy option in the future? – ind vs sa is rishabh pant really a captaincy option in the future for indian cricket team | – News in Hindi


Vimal Kumar

India vs South Africa: Six months ago, when Team India was playing in South Africa and its captain was Virat Kohli, then who would have thought that the next time there would be an international match against the same team in India, then another player from Delhi (Rishabh Pant) ) will be seen as the captain?

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Last updated on: June 12, 2022, 3:45 PM IST

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There is an old saying that luck helps those who help themselves and it is often seen in cricket that not only your luck but also the misfortunes of your fellow players on many occasions can prove to be of great help to you. Maybe. Rishabh Pant suddenly got the opportunity to get the captaincy in the 5-match T20 series against South Africa. Otherwise, you honestly put your hand on your heart and say that 6 months ago when Team India was playing in South Africa and its captain was Virat Kohli, who would have thought that the next time there would be an international match against the same team in Delhi, Delhi’s Only a local player will be seen as the captain? Because as Kohli’s successor Rohit Sharma had taken the responsibility of captaining the white balls and KL Rahul was being groomed as the future captain for the emergency arrangements.

What’s more, the situation was getting worse for Rishabh Pant as his team failed to win the trophy for the second year in a row in the IPL. The worst part was that even as a batsman, Pant was disappointed because his bat did not even get a half-century in the entire season. On the other hand, all-rounders like Hardik Pandya not only showed all-rounders in the IPL but also emerged as a solid substitute for the captain. If Pandya had not been out of the Indian team for the last 6-8 months, then perhaps he would have been seen in the role of interim captain and not Pant in the event of Rahul’s sudden injury. But, that’s luck! Perhaps it was written in Pant’s fortune that he would captain Team India at a younger age than MS Dhoni and Kohli, then he did it, even though he was never naturally considered a strong contender for this to happen.

However, this is not to say that Pant did not deserve such a promotion or that he was forcibly made the captain of Team India. The truth is that Pant would have captained Team India in the Under 19 World Cup i.e. 2016 itself and if the selectors of that time had not decided to give the captaincy to Ishan Kishan under a special agreement and Pant would have been given the captaincy only as a batsman. As such, there would not have been a freedom to cause massacre in the batting. Incidentally, the coach of that team was also Rahul Dravid. However, as soon as Pant returned to India after that tournament, he had a contract with Delhi Daredevils and then a few months later he was captaining Delhi’s ODI team (List A). After that he did not have to wait too long as he was also made the captain of the Ranji Trophy team. But, till then the real challenge before Pant was to establish himself in Team India. At that time, Dhoni was talking and even Pant was not able to enter the T20 team even if he wanted to test or ODI. Frustrated by the situation and troubled by the politics of DDCA, Pant’s batting began to decline and it was Alam that the selectors gave captaincy to a player like Unmukt Chand, that too by throwing out Pant in a wrong way. Well, the strong-willed Pant was disappointed with this attitude but he did not get upset.

And this is the reason why former Australia captain Ricky Ponting publicly backed Pant despite showing a normal game in IPL 2022. Ponting is the coach of Delhi Capitals and has been at the forefront of advocating for Pant to continue as captain despite Shreyas Iyer giving excellent results two years ago, even when Iyer recovered and returned to the team.

‘There is no doubt in my mind about Pant’s captaincy. He is a young player and understands the nuances of captaincy. It takes time for this to happen. Ponting said so a few months back. Indian cricket fans need to always keep this point of potting in mind when they debate about Pant’s captaincy.

Not that Pant’s captaincy cannot be criticized. This year, the way Pant used bowlers like Kuldeep Yadav or Lalit Yadav and Shardul Thakur in a strange way, then the experts were surprised. Last year, Pant did the same thing with a senior bowler like Ravichandran Ashwin. In the blink of an eye, people started criticizing Pant by saying, Look brother, Dhoni had never captained Jharkhand, but from the very first match, he looked so natural as a captain that a legend like Sachin Tendulkar called him the greatest captain. It didn’t take long to accept it. Perhaps with Pant’s captaincy everyone needs to exercise some restraint.

It is a matter of consolation for Pant that there is little chance of him getting the regular captaincy of Team India for the coming one or two years. First Rohit Sharma will come back and after that Rahul is in the queue. Now Pandya has also stood in that queue. If we look at the current team against South Africa, except Dinesh Karthik and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, then the entire team is the team of the future, for which the captain cannot be Rohit Sharma but one of Rahul-Pant-Pandya. Pandya has hit six as captain in the very first season of IPL. At the same time, Rahul and Pant have not left a mark so far. If Pant wins the IPL trophy for Delhi, then the future captain’s claim for him will get stronger. But, till then they just accept these 5 matches as a sudden gift and the better they can play, the better.

(Disclaimer: These are the personal views of the author. The author himself is responsible for the correctness / accuracy of any information given in the article. News18Hindi is not responsible for this.)


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Vimal Kumar

Vimal Kumar

Vimal Kumar, former Sports Editor of News18 India, has been in sports journalism for almost two decades. Vimal, who is active on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) as @Vimalwa, has also covered 4 Cricket World Cup and Rio Olympics.

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First published: June 12, 2022, 3:45 PM IST