Ever since Virat Kohli stepped down from India’s Test captaincy, the talks around who can be India’s next long-term captain have been doing rounds. Although Rohit Sharma has been given the captaincy baton, India is still in search of someone who can take over the reins once Sharma decides to call it a day.
A few names have been put forth by Rohit Sharma himself. Young wicketkeeper batter Rishabh Pant’s name was also on the list of future captain – the selectors are looking to groom under Rohit’s captaincy. KL Rahul and Jasprit Bumrah’s names were also there. But Yuvraj Singh believes Pant is best suited for the role.
The former India all-rounder has called for grooming Pant as India’s next red-ball skipper. In a chat show, Yuvraj openly backed the young player and said that he can be chosen like MS Dhoni was chosen out of nowhere.
“You must get someone ready. Like Mahi became captain out of nowhere, they made him, right! Then he evolved. The keeper is always a good thinker because he always has the best view of the ground. You pick a young guy who can be a future captain, give him time, and don’t expect miracles in the first six months or a year. I feel you must believe in the younger guys to get the job done,” said Yuvraj.
When asked about the talks around him being immature, Singh had a straightforward reply. He urged people to not judge so quickly and also gave a few examples to justify his statement. “I was immature at that age. Virat [Kohli] was immature when he was captain at that age. But, he [Pant] is maturing with time. I don’t know how the support staff think about it, but I think he is the right guy to lead the Test team,” he added.