Akash Chopra on Team India Test Captain After Rohit Sharma
Akash Chopra on Test Captain Option: Former Indian cricket team opener Aakash Chopra believes that Rishabh Pant can become the Test captain in place of Rohit Sharma in the near future. Chopra called Pant a "24-carat gold" Test cricketer and said a wicketkeeper-batsman-like "gamechanger" could be a long-term replacement for Rohit. Chopra has named Pant as well as Shubman Gill as a possible replacement and although not much is known about his captaincy skills, opener Shubman Gill will be seen leading Gujarat Titans after Hardik Pandya's departure in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 season. On the other hand, Pant is expected to return from injury after a long time and he will also lead the Delhi Capitals franchise.
"I've been talking about for a very long time, it could be Shubman Gill. I'm not talking about now, I'm talking about the distant future. It could be Rishabh Pant. As a Test cricketer, Rishabh Pant is 24-carat gold," Aakash Chopra said in a video shared on his YouTube channel. He could also be one of them. He is a game-changer. So when Rohit says his Test cricket is over and you can appoint someone else as captain, I will look at one of these two.
Delhi Capitals director of cricket Sourav Ganguly has said that Pant will be back in action from the next IPL season. In December last year, the Delhi Capitals captain lost his hair after his car hit a divider and caught fire in a horrific accident. After suffering multiple injuries, Pant got back on his feet after 40 days and on Thursday, he joined his teammates during Delhi Capitals' training session at the Jadavpur University Salt Lake campus ground.
Ganguly (Sourav Ganguly on Rishabh Pant Fitness) told reporters while giving an update on Pant, "He (Pant) is good now. Former India captain Ganguly said Pant is here on a three-day visit to strategise on the team ahead of the IPL auction to be held in Dubai on December 19. Australia opener David Warner led DC in Pant's absence last season and finished second from the bottom. Ganguly said, "Rishabh will not practice here. There is still time for them to get into practice. By January (2024), he will be even better."