Former India opener Aakash Chopra believes that the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) might have to buy a captain at the upcoming player auction as Devdutt Padikkal hasn’t been seen as a skipper yet.
His comments came as Virat Kohli has already announced that he will step down as the RCB skipper after this season. In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra has shared his thoughts on this.
“It is difficult, I will say you will have to do some acquisition. We have not seen Devdutt Padikkal’s captaincy, so how he does it I have got no idea,” he responded.
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While praising Devdutt Padikkal as saying that he might be the best fit to take over the responsibility next season, the veteran was unsure about his leadership qualities as well.
“I think there are plenty of questions because among those who they have, Devdutt Padikkal is the only one seen but you and I both don’t know his captaincy credentials,” Chopra observed.
“Will Delhi leave Shreyas Iyer? He can be captaincy material. Will KL Rahul continue with Punjab? If he gets released, he could be the one. If Mayank Agarwal is released, he can be. If Ravichandran Ashwin is released, he can be,” he continued.
“It is going to be interesting” – Aakash Chopra on RCB’s new captain
While saying that RCB might retain some of their key players, he opined that the choice of captain will not be an easy one as well.
“If you have to build a new franchise, Kohli will be there, AB will also be there, it is possible Maxwell might also be there, Chahal might also be there. Even if you reacquire all of them, who will be the new captain you will get? It is going to be an interesting one, I don’t have an answer for that question,” Aakash Chopra concluded.