With India’s Test captain Rohit Sharma ageing, he will most likely hang his boots in the longest format of the game and might continue to play in White-ball cricket for another year or two. But since the incumbent skipper has had a good run in all formats, India has also struggled with coping with the pressure of the ICC tournaments. This could be another reason the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) would consider appointing a new leader.
India’s recent defeat to Australia in the ICC World Test Championship 2023 final has sparked debate regarding the Test team’s leadership. While Rohit Sharma’s captaincy has shown potential, preparing a successor has become important.
On that note, we look at four prime contenders who could potentially step into Rohit Sharma’s shoes and steer India’s Test team towards glory.
Players who can replace Rohit Sharma as India’s Test captain:
#4 Shreyas Iyer
Here are Shreyas Iyer’s Test stats:
- Matches: 10
- Runs: 666
- Highest Score: 105
- Average: 44.40
- Strike Rate: 65.81
- 100s: 1
- 50s: 5
Shreyas Iyer seems like an interesting contender in the search for a new captain who can replace Rohit Sharma as Test Captain. While he has not captained at the international level, Iyer’s ability to lead in domestic cricket and the Indian Premier League cannot be overlooked. His experience as head coach of the Delhi Capitals, when he led the team to their first IPL final, displays his ability to rally a team.
Iyer’s batting prowess adds to his candidature. His middle-order consistency and aptitude for producing crucial innings in challenging situations showcase his dependability. In addition, his strong on-field presence and determination to lead from the front make him a bold and unique choice for India’s Test captaincy.
Shreyas Iyer Records and Achievements in Test Cricket:
- Scored a century on debut Test match: Shreyas Iyer scored a century on his Test debut, becoming the 5th Indian player to do so.