Shubman Gill

Virender Sehwag praised Shubman Gill’s captaincy appointment for India’s Zimbabwe tour, seeing him as a potential future leader in Test and ODI formats.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has named a young squad for their upcoming tour of Zimbabwe, featuring a five-match T20I series. Shubman Gill will lead the team, with a focus on providing opportunities for promising players.

This selection allows senior players, currently competing in the T20 World Cup, a well-deserved break after a busy cricketing schedule. The 30-year-old Mukesh Kumar is the most experienced member of this youthful squad.

Virender Sehwag, a batting legend, believes the selectors made a strategic decision with Gill’s appointment, considering the future. Sehwag acknowledges Rohit Sharma’s approaching retirement and suggests Gill as a suitable successor in Test and ODI formats.

“Shubman Gill has a long career ahead of him (He’s one for the long haul). He performs well across all three formats and had an outstanding year in 2023. While he was unfortunate to miss out on the 2024 T20 World Cup squad, I believe this captaincy is the right decision,” Sehwag said on Cricbuzz.

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Sehwag elaborated, “If Rohit decides to step down from Tests and ODIs in the future, Shubman Gill would be the ideal replacement as captain. This selection demonstrates a forward-thinking approach by the team management.”

Manoj Tiwary, a former Indian cricketer, echoed Sehwag’s sentiments but emphasised the importance of building a strong team around the captain. “I agree with Sehwag’s point. Shubman Gill has been consistent and successful in ODIs. However, historically, India has appointed its best batsman as captain. Moving forward, the priority should be selecting a captain first, regardless of their presence across all formats. Once the captain is chosen, the team can be built around their strengths,” said Tiwary.

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Last Updated on June 26, 2024