India ended their World Test Championship 2021-2023 cycle as runners-up after the Rohit Sharma-led side faced a disappointing loss against Australia by a massive 209 runs in the Final. The Indian squad ended up as runners-up for the second consecutive time after losing the first WTC Final to New Zealand in 2021. Pat Cummins' side took the driver’s seat from the first day of the ‘Ultimate Test’, and though there were moments when India tried to take control, the momentum shifted in the Aussies’ favour in no time.
A rather disappointing performance by almost the entire squad has got fingers pointed at the Indian team. As Rohit Sharma’s captaincy has come onto the radar of critics, here are the players who can lead India in Test cricket after the Mumbai-born cricketer.
1. Ajinkya Rahane
Amidst the glamour and glitter of youthful Indian cricket, there is a quiet man of short stature who can lead India to win several big games in Test cricket. The 35-year-old Rahane is one of the best options who should be given a chance to lead the team. Ajinkya has played 83 Tests for India and was India’s highest run scorer in the WTC Final 2023. Not only this, but Rahane has also led India in six Test matches winning four of them.