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Gautam Gambhir shows confidence in Prithvi Shaw and Hardik Pandya as future India captains | Cricket news

DELHI: Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has no hesitation Prithvi Shaw being very “aggressive”, as well as potentially having a very successful future Indian captainpointing out that his aggression shows in his game.
“Prithvi Shaw is someone who I think can be a very aggressive captain, a very successful captain because you see that aggression in the way someone plays the sport,” said Gautam Gambhir, as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo at a Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) event in New Delhi.
Hardik Pandaya was also named as a future captain but he has already led India in T20I cricket. However, Shaw is no longer part of the Indian team as of July 2021.
After India’s debacle in the recently concluded T20 world cup, Hardik has been mentioned as a possible successor to Rohit Sharma, at least in T20Is.
Earlier this year, Hardik led Gujarat Titans to their first IPL title and led India to a 2-0 success against Ireland in a T20I series. A recent example of his leadership was India’s 1-0 victory in New Zealand in the absence of seasoned players such as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul.

Gambhir said Hardik had a fight. However, he felt it would be unfair to judge Rohit Sharma, who is a consistent performer for India, based on one World Cup (T20).
“Hardik Pandya is clearly in line,” Gambhir said. “But that will be a shame for Rohit because I think judging his captaincy in just one ICC event is probably not the right way to judge him,” Gambhir opined.
As for Shaw, he has struggled to find a regular place in India’s A and B squads; and there was an ambiguity in what format Gambhir found Shaw as leader.
During Shaw’s short career, he endured more than just inconsistency. The athlete’s lifestyle and fitness have been questioned since he was suspended in 2019 for a doping violation.
The right-handed batsman crashed during the yo-yo test held in March this year. Of BCCI’s minimum requirement of 16.5 for men, he scored less than 15.

Before his test debut in 2018, India scored a stunning victory in the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand under Shaw’s guidance. He only played in four Test matches and guested in ODIs. He last appeared for India in July 2021 when he traveled to Sri Lanka with a reserve team for three ODIs and T20Is.
Gambhir expressed his thoughts on Shaw saying that people remember Shaw for his off-field antics, which is where the coach and selectors come into the picture.
“I know a lot of people talk about his activities off the field, but that’s the job of the coach and the selectors,” said Gambhir. “The selectors’ job is not just to choose the 15, but to get people on the right path.”
Shaw’s recent appearances are for Mumbai in a domestic T20I competition. He was the second best scorer at Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. In ten innings he collected 332 runs at a batting frequency of 181.42 with a highest score of 134 off 61 balls against Assam.
Lately, in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy (50-over tournament), Shaw is going through a tough time as he managed to win two half-centuries against minnows Mizoram and Railways. In total he only scored 217 points, with an average of only 31 in seven innings.
Shaw was surpassed by his teammate Yashasvi Jaiswal who is also batting at the top of the league for Mumbai. Yashasvi scored 396 points in six innings. m
Mumbai was eliminated before the quarter-finals.

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