In the month of July, two Indian squads will be on separate tours simultaneously. The Kohli-led Test team will be in the UK for a five-match Test series after the World Test Championship final. Another squad that’s yet to be announced, will be touring Sri Lanka for 3 ODI’s and as many T20I’s.
With the likes of Kohli and Rohit Sharma being part of the squad in the UK, India is set to have a different captain for the Lanka tour. None of the available players have captained India at the highest level before.
Here we have a look at the strongest candidates who can take the captaincy role during India’s tour of Sri Lanka:
1) Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan made his international debut for India back in October 2010. Although his test debut in 2013 was outstanding, he hasn’t been able to stay consistent enough for the longest format. In ODI’s however, Shikhar has been phenomenal for India, especially in ICC tournaments.
The southpaw, who is 35 years old now, is likely to be India’s most experienced campaigner for the tour of Sri Lanka. He has had prior experience in a leadership role, albeit at the franchise level. Dhawan was appointed as the captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad for the 2013 Champions League tournament. He has also been India’s vice-captain twice, once for the Nidahas Trophy and the other for the 2018 Asia Cup.
With seniority and experience being a factor, Dhawan surely looks like the front-runner to take up the captaincy mantle.