‘He is a possible candidate for next captain’: Saba Karim backs Rishabh Pant for leadership role in future

Written by N Krishnamurthy

The Indian men’s cricket team has tried as many as seven different captains in the last 12 months. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, and Jasprit Bumrah have donned the leadership hat for the Indian team in international matches thus far and Shikhar Dhawan will be leading the side in the upcoming ODI series against West Indies.

Even though Rohit is at the helm in all three formats for now, the talks related to his successor have already begun and a former Indian selector, Saba Karim, has backed Pant’s candidature for the same. According to Saba, the star wicketkeeper-batter will become a big name in the future.

“Pant is a special player and has match-winning abilities. I believe that he can emerge as a big player for India in all three formats. Looking at his performances overseas, we can say that he is a possible candidate for the next captain. But I think every player should focus on giving match-winning performances and not on getting the captain’s hat,” Karim said.

Pant has established himself as one of India’s most important players in the red-ball team but is yet to garner the same success in the white-ball format of the game. He didn’t get the chance to bat in the first ODI of the ongoing series against England, and in the second game, he was sent back to the pavilion for a five-ball duck.

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