Salman Butt names Virat Kohli’s successor as India captain

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Former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt has backed Rishabh Pant to lead the Indian cricket team in the future. The young wicketkeeper-batsman was named as Delhi Capitals’ new captain after Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 due to a shoulder injury.

Leading the Delhi-based franchise for the first time, Pant didn’t let his side down as DC were placed at the top of the IPL standings before the marquee tournament was suspended.

Under the leadership of Rishabh Pant, Capitals won six out of their eight matches in the IPL 2021.

Salman Butt has said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) might have some big plans for Pant in the near future as he impressed everyone with his maiden stint as a skipper in the IPL 2021.

“I am not aware of his domestic records but from what I have seen in the IPL, if they handed Rishabh Pant the captaincy of Delhi Capitals, then BCCI may have some plans for the future. Kohli is still young as he is not going anywhere for the next 8-9 years,” the 36-year-old said on his YouTube channel.

Apart from Rishabh Pant, Butt feels that experienced players like Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane also have the potential to lead Team India after Virat Kohli.

“Along with Pant, Rohit Sharma is an outstanding captain. I really like him as a captain. Strategically and tactically, he’s a very good captain. Rahane also did a very nice job in Australia,” Butt added.

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