Who is the next captain of Gujarat after Hardik Pandya? Shubman Gill will get the captaincy or this player will become the captain!
Preparations for the upcoming IPL have started and only a few hours are left for the trading window to close. At present, all the IPL franchises are selecting players according to their needs. Meanwhile, media reports suggest that Hardik Pandya, who led Gujarat Titans to victory, may make a comeback to his former franchise Mumbai Indians. Pandya captained the team for two seasons, but it seems there has been a rift between him and the management, which has possibly led to his return to Mumbai. If Pandya leaves, the question will arise as to who will captain Gujarat.
Gujarat Titans made a mark in their first season in the IPL in 2022 by winning the championship. In IPL 2023, they performed well, making it to the final but lost to Chennai Super Kings. After these two seasons, Pandya was praised for his captaincy and was even considered an option to captain Team India. He was appointed captain of the T20 team and vice-captain in ODI. If Pandya returns to Mumbai then he can be seen as an alternative captain to Rohit Sharma, but the question is who will lead Gujarat.
Can Shubman Gill become the captain?
One name that comes up as a possible captain for Gujarat is Shubman Gill. Gill, a young player, showed his skills with the bat and played a vital role in the success of the franchise. Looking at the future, he can be appointed captain. However, the management may be cautious about giving him direct captaincy, as it may affect his performance. Coach Ashish Nehra is aware of this concern and handing over the captaincy to Gill may put pressure on his batting form. Gill has never captained on such a big stage before.
A possible way forward:
Looking at the future, Gujarat does not have a better option than Gill. He is a long-format batsman and has leadership abilities. The franchise can choose the way to groom them, make Rashid Khan the captain, and appoint Gill as the vice-captain. When Pandya was the captain, Rashid was the vice-captain. In such a situation, the franchise can give captaincy to Rashid for a few seasons and make Gill the vice-captain. This way, Gill will have enough time to develop his leadership skills and later take charge of the team. Apart from these two, there is no other option for captaincy in the current setup.