SRH Captain & Rishabh Pant's replacement to be decided.

All the eyes might be on the Border-Gavaskar Trophy but IPL franchises are preparing for the next season. While some of the teams have already begun training, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals have to sort out their captaincy problems first. Rishabh Pant is ruled out of IPL 2023 and DC need a new captain and more importantly a wicketkeeper. SRH have limited captaincy options and depending on Aiden Markram’s success in SA20, they will take a call on the next SRH captain in the next 15 days.

  • Who will be Rishabh Pant’s replacement in DC?
  • Who will be next SRH captain?

More than IPL, Pant is a big miss in Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia. The youngster has commanded respect with his skills in Australia, India, SouthAfrica and England. But Delhi Capitals have to pick their captain, as well as a wicketkeeper. Pant suffered a horrific car crash and is out for close to 9 months.

However, DC have shot themselves in the foot by releasing KS Bharat. As a result, DC are without any Indian wicketkeeper in their roster. The only keeper they have is Phil Salt. However, he is not a regular keeper either.

DC’s wicketkeeper mess:

  • Rishabh Pant is the only regular wicketkeeper on the roster.
  • In his absence, DC have two part-time keeping options — Phil Salt and Sarfaraz Khan.
  • However, with just 4 foreigners allowed in the Playing XI, DC will struggle to fit in Salt.
  • David Warner, Anrich Nortje, Rovmann Powell or Mitchell Marsh and Rilee Rossouw were the ideal 4 foreigners.
  • But now, DC will have to sacrifice one all-rounder or a hard-hitter to fit in Salt.
  • Sarfaraz Khan is the other wicketkeeping option.
  • But Sarfaraz hasn’t established himself in T20s and neither he keeps wicket regularly.
  • Hence, DC will have to look for an Indian wicketkeeper replacement.

Who will be DC captain? – David Warner is the primed candidate to be stand-in captain in IPL 2023. Manish Pandey is also an option. But considering Warner’s stature in the team, he is set to be the next captain. DC Director Sourav Ganguly and head coach Ricky Ponting will confirm the next captain in a couple of weeks.

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SRH Captaincy: Sunrisers Hyderabad have two options for captaincy — Mayank Agarwal and Aiden Markram. Mayank had an unsuccessful stint as Punjab Kings captain got the boot. Markram on the other hand is successfully leading SRH’s SA20 franchise. With SA20 final slated for Saturday, his performance as the captain will be evaluated. Sunrisers Eastern Cape are still in the race to make the semifinals.

SRH Captaincy Candidates:

  • Aiden Markram
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  • Mayank Agarwal

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the other captaincy option for SRH. He has led in David Warner or Kane Williamson’s absence. But considering he has struggled with injuries too, his spot isn’t guaranteed either. Hence, Markram is the frontrunner to take the SRH captaincy. A final announcement is likely after the SA20 final on Saturday.