Sunil Gavaskar Names The Player Who Can Be India’s New Vice-Captain: KL Rahul’s impeccable form and amazing performances off lately made him the talk of the town. After giving brilliant performances in the last few months, KL Rahul has grown in stature as one of the top players in the current Indian cricket team.
The upcoming season is going to be very special for KL Rahul as he will be seen leading Kings XI Punjab for the first time in his IPL career. Rahul will be keen to prove that he can score a good amount of runs while fulfilling the responsibility of captaincy.
Recently, in an interview with Sports Tak, former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar believes that a good IPL season as a skipper might give him a chance to become India’s future vice-captain. He said:
“There is a great chance for KL Rahul to show that he can score runs when given the responsibility. Secondly, he can show that he is capable of captaining a side and how he moulds his team and extracts effort. If he does that well he can even go on to become the vice-captain of the Indian team.”
“There are still players in the Indian team like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane. But going forward, he can be an option for the selection committee and can also become India’s future captain. So this can be a huge tournament for KL Rahul as a skipper.”
Besides KL Rahul, Sunil Gavaskar also talked about Ravi Bishnoi and cited that if Bishnoi plays in the early part of the IPL 2020, there won’t be much pressure on him to perform. He also opined that the leading wicket-taker of the U19 World Cup 2020 can be the x-factor for the Kings XI Punjab. He said:
“I will pick India U19 player Ravi Bishnoi and give him a chance in my XI at the beginning of the tournament. Because in the UAE, there will not be much of pressure on him. There won’t be that many expectations from him. If you play a young player towards the business end of the tournament, the pressure increases because there are expectations from that player. So he can get experience and can get rid of nervousness.”
Meanwhile, the much-awaited 13th edition of the Indian Premier League will begin today with an opening clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and the runner-ups of Chennai Super Kings. Also, KL Rahul-led Kings XI Punjab will begin their IPL 2020 campaign with a match against the Delhi Capitals on 20th September in Dubai.