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Gautam Gambhir Feels Prithvi Shaw Can Be India’s Future Captain
By CricShots - Nov 28, 2022 4:35 pm
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Former Indian opener, Gautam Gambhir has come in support of Prithvi Shaw for becoming India’s future captain, reckoning that the latter’s aggressive batting approach will make an impact on his decision-making to become a successful leader. Alongside Shaw, Gambhir has also touted Hardik Pandya as the frontrunner to replace Rohit Sharma.

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Prithvi Shaw

Prithvi Shaw might not be in the mix of things in India’s current squads across any format, but he has been touted as one of India’s brightest leaders for the future by none other than Gautam Gambhir. Although Shaw struggled to find a place even in India’s second-string squad since their tour of Sri Lanka in 2021, the former Indian opener reckons that he is the man who can bring aggression on the field while making decisions as captain.

Talking about the same, during a chat with ESPNCricinfo, Gautam Gambhir said, “I know a lot of people talk about his (Prithvi Shaw) off-field activities, but that is what the job of the coach and the selectors are. The selectors’ job isn’t just to pick the 15, but also to get people to walk the right path.”

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He further added, “Prithvi Shaw is one I feel can be a very aggressive captain, a very successful captain because you see that aggression in the way a person plays the sport.”

Prithvi Shaw was reported to have failed a yo-yo test earlier this year in March. Having made his Test debut in 2018, he has played just four more Tests, six ODIs, and one T20I.

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Gautam Gambhir

Further, Gautam Gambhir gave his vote to Hardik Pandya as Rohit Sharma’s successor for India’s captaincy duties. However, at the same time, Gambhir mentioned that it will be ‘unfortunate’ for Rohit if Hardik becomes the skipper, considering the fact that the current Indian all-format skipper will be judged by his performance at only one ICC event.

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Gautam Gambhir explained, “Hardik Pandya obviously is in line. But that’s going to be unfortunate for Rohit because I think judging his captaincy in only one ICC event is not the right way to probably judge him.”

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