Former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria has claimed that Rishabh Pant isn’t mature enough to lead the Indian team.
Rishabh Pant (Courtesy: Reuters)
- Pant and Bumrah are two names being discussed for captaincy in Rohit’s absence
- Kaneria feels Kohli is India’s best option for being the skipper
- Kaneria claims Pant’s batting form dips when he is made captain
Former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria has claimed that Rishabh Pant isn’t mature enough to be made the Indian captain.
India are currently sweating over the availability of Rohit Sharma for the rearranged Test against England after he tested positive for Covid-19. Among the names being considered for the Indian captaincy, Pant and Jasprit Bumrah are two prominent names.
Former Pakistan spinner Kaneria weighed in on the topic on his YouTube channel and said that the wicketkeeper isn’t mature enough to be made captain.
“He is not even mature enough to be a captain. Because Rohit is doubtful for the Test match. Let’s see,” said Kaneria.
He went on to say that the best option for being the stand-in skipper at the moment is Virat Kohli, who was captaining India the last time they visited England. Kaneria also said that he was surprised that Kohli’s name hadn’t been mentioned in the discussion.
“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. 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,” said Kaneria.
The former Pakistan spinner said that Pant did a horrible job while captaining India during the T20I series against South Africa earlier this month. Kaneria said that the 24-year-old’s own batting form dips when he is made the skipper.
“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 any more. Ravichandran Ashwin can be a good choice. I think the load should not be on Bumrah. he should concentrate on his bowling. It is Test cricket. I would not keep Bumrah or Pant for captaincy,” said Kaneria.