Danish Kaneria has jumped the bandwagon and has picked Sanju Samson to lead India on the Sri Lanka tour. While the rest have gone for tried and tested options such as Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kaneria has gone for Sanju Samson.
India is certainly the team to beat as evidenced by the fact of how consistent they have been in the last three to four years. While one squad will battle it out in England the other squad is all set to travel to Sri Lanka to play a limited-overs series starting from July 13. The BCCI has not yet announced the squad, but former cricketers and experts have already sheared views on who might captain the side.
Why Kaneria is picking Samson as the captain
The former Pakistan spinner’s strange choice for captaincy is surely set to raise eyebrows as Samson is way younger than some of the seasoned players and does not have enough captaincy experience at the top level.
“Shikhar Dhawan is likely to get India’s captaincy in Sri Lanka. Not Shaw, Samson… but Dhawan. But if it were up to me, I would have to go with Samson. We should be ready, that in the future, if Virat is willing to step down as captain, then he should be the next in line. We have to be ready that if Kohli isn’t around, we need to groom someone. So I would go with Samson but Dhawan remains a strong contender,” Kaneria said on his YouTube channel.
Samson was handed over the captaincy by Rajasthan Royals in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). The 26-year-old did a decent job and his handling of young Chetan Sakariya was lauded by all.
He was also impressive in a tight run-chase against Punjab Kings (PBKS) by scoring an unbeaten 119. He almost took his team home. Samson was overlooked for India’s recent limited-overs series against England. Hence Kaneria’s choice is a bit surprising.
“Shikhar Dhawan is a senior player in ODIs and T20Is. However, is he a long-term option to lead India in the future? Or Samson has the time and opportunity to improve himself going ahead? Or will Hardik Pandya be captaincy material? All these are tough questions. But as far as I am concerned, I will go with a player who, in the future, can lead India,” Danish Kaneria added.