Virat Kohli announced on Thursday that he will step down as T20 captain after the ICC T20 World Cup. The finest part about Indian management has always been that the next captain was prepared well before the current one retired.
India has always produced famous captains in whatever format of the game. Whether it's Kapil Dev, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli, or Sourav Ganguly, or any other skipper, they've all been considered as the finest in their own eras.
For now, Rohit Sharma will be the T20I captain, but in the future, we can see a new Indian captain because now that Rohit Sharma's age is 34, he might announce retirement after two or three years. Based on sources, the 2023 World Cup will be the last mega-event for Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma as captains.
If it happens, then who will be the next India’s T20 captain? In this list, there are a few young players who can take this role.
Shreyas Iyer has good chances of being a captain. Of all the young players in the team, Shreyas Iyer has the most experience as a captain. After Sourav Ganguly stepped down as the captain of the Delhi Capitals in the IPL, Shreyas Iyer took over the responsibility. He has been leading the team exceptionally well, and the team has been in the playoffs in each of the last two seasons. Iyer's leadership has been highlighted for rapid decision making, backing his players, leading from the front, and organizing his team according to the pitches.
After Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul is the senior player in the team. KL Rahul has been doing wicket-keeping in the limited-overs format since the 2019 World Cup. We also saw that the wicketkeeper and batsman had a successful history as captains. On the other hand, he is also the captain of the Punjab Kings XI. KL Rahul, with his strong knowledge of the game and quick thinking, would make an excellent leader for the Indian team.
Apart from KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer, netizens also say that Rishabh Pant can also lead the team, as he is also a wicketkeeper and batsman.
Kohli is also expected to stay on as Test captain for another two years. However, it remains to be seen if the BCCI will choose one captain for all the three formats or select one for each.