IPL-2022: Players Who Can Captain Ahmedabad Better Than Hardik Pandya: In the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), two new teams will be participating in the event, i.e., Lucknow and Ahmedabad. Both sides are new in the tournament and are permitted to pick three players from the list of released IPL players. This was a golden opportunity for the franchise owners as veterans like Dinesh Karthik, and KL Rahul is out in the auction; the best players could be picked for both the teams.
However, we are not sure about the rumors, but it is believed that KL Rahul is likely to represent Lucknow in IPL 2022. According to the news reports, Hardik Pandya will lead Ahmedabad in IPL 2022. Pandya is one of the renowned Indian players who has been representing India for more than five years. He is one of the best all-rounders India has ever produced, but we don’t think Pandya is the best fit for the captain’s role. There is no confirmation on Pandya becoming the Ahmedabad team captain but, the rumors stunned several professionals as the Indian ace all-rounder doesn’t have any captaincy skills.
As we mentioned earlier, Pandya is one of the best all-rounders, but Pandya hasn’t played cricket since ICC T20 WC 2021 and was dropped from the squad due to his poor performance. The right-arm medium pacer was also released from Mumbai Indian Squad. Selectors have kept an eye on his fitness and form. At this moment, offering captaincy to Pandya may not be ideal for the franchise.
When it comes to the IPL, other potential players can lead the new franchise. No matter their previous form, these players have proved a lot in the earlier editions of IPL and may be preferred to captain the team.
Shreyas Iyer is one of the finest middle-order batsmen India has witnessed. The young gun played an essential role for the Delhi Capitals in the earlier editions. After taking over the captaincy from Gautam Gambhir, Iyer never looked back. Delhi Capitals performed exceptionally well under Iyer’s captaincy, where the squad reached playoffs two consecutive times. The team played the first-ever IPL final in 2020 under Iyer’s captaincy. Iyer failed to lift the trophy but managed to win hearts. His courageous captaincy skills impressed everyone.
When it comes to India’s most decorated foreign players, David Warner tops the list. Warner is one of the best openers globally and has proved to be the most successful player in Australia. He was also a member of the Australian squad that won its first T20 WC.
Why would someone go for a player like Pandya when you can choose Warner Instead? Sunrisers Hyderabad, under Warner’s captaincy, won their maiden IPL title. 2016 was a year to remember for all the Warner fans as he showcased the perfect example of a captain leading from the front. He was the highest run-scorer in IPL 2016. Looking at his previous IPL records, we believe that he is one of the most suitable choices to guide Ahmedabad in the upcoming edition.
When it comes to one of the best players in the domestic circuit, Dinesh Karthik, the previous Kolkata Knight Riders skipper, is one of the best wicket-keeper batters globally and has proved to be a good choice when it comes to picking captains.
However, Karthik has not performed well in the previous edition but is way better than Pandya when it comes to captaincy. As a batsman, he may not be the best choice but can be considered for the role of captain.
In the IPL, several new players have the capabilities of leading any team. The players mentioned above have had a phenomenal run in the league, boasting of a successful captaincy record. The Ahmedabad franchise owners should pick the best player to lead the pack for the highly-anticipated IPL 2022.
Aakash Mishra is a fantasy writer and prediction aficionado. Being a cricket enthusiast himself, he loves to relate and propagate about how fantasy sports platforms can be advantageous in our day to day life. Along with foretelling match results, he enjoys writing about game forecasts for all fantasy sports.
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