Team India: Former India Test opener and current commentator, Aakash Chopra feels that KL Rahul is the upcoming India captain after Virat Kohli. Virat became the Test skipper in the 2014-15 Test Series against Australia Down Under. Then, he got the captaincy duties in limited-overs cricket in 2017. Kohli has gone on to register many achievements as the captain of the team. Moreover, statistically, he is the best India Test captain ever.
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However, Aakash Chopra feels there will be one point when Kohli will be exhausted. He will then need to step down from the captaincy duties and India will need someone able to take on that responsibility. Rahul made his Test debut in Melbourne during MS Dhoni‘s last Test match of his career. According to Chopra, KL Rahul is the best candidate to replace Kohli as the captain. (Team India)
Aakash Chopra is waiting in anticipation to see how KL Rahul fares up as a captain in this IPL. (Team India)
“I have hope that his captaincy will be good. Actually, we will get an idea of his captaincy, how he runs the game, what strategies he uses. If we see Kohli and Rohit, they are of the same age bracket and at one time you may feel that they are not captain material anymore,” Chopra said, replying to a fan’s question on his Facebook page.
“As they say, a time comes when you have to pass on the baton like MS Dhoni did to Kohli and Kohli will also have to do to someone at some point. When he does that, it is possible that Rahul will be next in line,” he stated. (Team India)
Rahul will now lead his team Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The IPL 2020 will kickstart on September 19 in the UAE. In the 2018 and 2019 season, KL Rahul was smashing runs with his willow in the IPL, including a century against Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Wankhede Stadium.
In this season, Rahul has got the chance to lead his team, after Ravichandran Ashwin joined the Delhi Capitals (DC) this year. Chopra is waiting in anticipation to see how Rahul fares up as the skipper of the team.
“So, this IPL will show us how KL Rahul will be like a captain but I feel, the manner in which I have seen him play and his temperament, I feel he will be a good captain,” Chopra added. (Team India)