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Rishabh Pant did horrible job against South Africa, not mature enough to lead India: Danish Kaneria

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Abhishek Sandikar Author

Updated - 28 June 2022 6:00 pm

Danish Kaneria

Former Pakistani cricketer Danish Kaneria has recently addressed the options of players who could replace Rohit Sharma for the top job in the crucial Test match against England. However, he dismissed the name of Rishabh Pant as a captaincy replacement.

Danish Kaneria while speaking on his YouTube channel, talked about how Pant is an immature player to be a captain and hence can’t lead the side. He also talked about Pant’s captaincy performance against South Africa. Kaneria said, “He is not even mature enough to be a captain. Because Rohit is doubtful for the Test match. Let’s see.” 

“When we talk about captaincy, there are three-four names which are coming up and Virat Kohli’s name is not there. I was surprised that Kohli’s name has not been suggested. Pant’s name is there, Jasprit Bumrah’s name is there. They might lead the team at Edgbaston,” Kaneria continued. 

“Because Cheteshwar Pujara has been playing for so long, he is the senior-most player in the team, he can lead the team if Rohit Sharma is not there. The best option you have got is Virat Kohli. You can make him the captain. Ravichandran Ashwin is another name which is coming up to be the captain is Rohit is not there”, Kaneria added.

“Kohli is one of the best choices as captain if Rohit Sharma is not available. You also have Ashwin. Pant was given the captaincy in the South Africa series and he did a horrible job. His own batting collapses when he does captaincy. Rishabh Pant should not be the captain anymore”, Kaneria concluded.

Indian squad for fifth Test: 

Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Srikar Bharat, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna

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