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“I would have stopped him from becoming captain” – Ex-BCCI selector opens up on Rishabh Pant leading vs SA

The recently concluded T20 series between India and South Africa ended in a draw (2-2) since the decider match at Chinnaswamy Stadium was washed out due to rain. In a five match series South Africa won the first two matches, India roared back in the next two T20I to take the series to the decider. Though the series ended as a draw, critics over Rishabh Pant captaincy raised everyday.

Despite being a good candidate to captain India in the future, Madan Lal, a former BCCI selector and coach, believes that Rishabh Pant still has a ways to go. The former India World Cup champion all-rounder does not support Pant leading the Indian team at this time because he believes the young batsman must first prove maturity as a batter before his leadership abilities can be considered.

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He said, “I would have stopped him from becoming captain. Wouldn’t have allowed it”. He also said a player like Rishabh Pant should not be given a captaincy at this time. He said Rishabh Pant should get matured as a batter first then Indian captaincy will automatically come to him.

He also said Rishabh Pant is of a different nature when compared to MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli.

Now later this month India will play against Ireland in a couple of T20I in which Hardik Pandya will be leading the Indian team. Rishabh Pant joined the Indian test team which is in England. Rishabh Pant will be the first choice wicket keeper for the Indian test team. 

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The India team is still not decided with the squad for the T20 World Cup. But there are 9-10 players who will walk into the playing 11. With the current form Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya will be key for the Indian team in having a successful tournament. India will take on Pakistan in their first league game at the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.

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