Here are five potential captaincy candidates for the Ahmedabad and Lucknow team from this year’s auction:
1) Suresh Raina
2) KL Rahul
3) Shreyas Iyer
4) David Warner
5) Steve Smith
Suresh Raina: The former Indian captain and one of the most popular cricketers in India is expected to lead the Ahmedabad side. He has been a part of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for 10-12 years and has been part of some memorable franchise wins.
K. L. Rahul: An Indian opener who is currently playing for India in all formats of the game. Rahul’s potential captaincy candidate for new IPL teams is largely contingent on how he performs in the upcoming series against Australia.
Shreyas Iyer: IPL teams are looking for new captains to take the helm. It is not easy to find a captain with the right skillset and personality. Shreyas Iyer has been in talks to be the captain for two new IPL teams that are entering the league.
David Warner: A popular star as a batsman of the Australian Cricket Team. Now he is also one of the potential candidates for the new IPL teams’ captaincy.
Warner has been involved with Indian Premier League (IPL) since 2008 and was captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2016 and 2017.
Steve Smith: Steve Smith has been a successful captain in the past and his role in the Australian side is already well established. In order to succeed, he would have to be able to balance international and domestic duties.
Smith’s leadership abilities and exposure to Indian cricket by playing in the IPL, indicate that he might be a favourable candidate for an IPL team looking for a captain in the future.