Virat Kohli is currently India’s captain in all formats of the game. The 31-year-old has taken India to praiseworthy heights under his inspired leadership. Recently popular commentator Aakash Chopra picked a player that can be Kohli’s successor and captain India in the eventuality.
Chopra considers Kings XI Punjab’s new skipper KL Rahul as a future India captain. The former India player picked Rahul while responding to fan questions in a video shared on his Facebook page.
“I have hope that his (KL Rahul) captaincy will be good. 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”, said Chopra.
Aakash Chopra Picks KL Rahul As Next Captain Of India After Virat Kohli
The 28-year-old Rahul for the first time in his career will be leading an IPL franchise. Chopra believes that if Rahul is flourishing as a leader in the IPL he will undoubtedly be in line to also lead India once Kohli decides to pass on the baton to someone.
Chopra added, “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”.
“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 concluded.
Meanwhile, KXIP will begin their season under the captaincy of Rahul against Delhi Capitals on 20th September at Dubai. KXIP is still yet to win an IPL title and the franchise will be hoping that Rahul has a memorable campaign as captain in his first outing. Additionally, Chopra will be actively working as a commentator in IPL 2020 in the United Arab Emirates.