Rohit Sharma is the new T20I captain of the Indian team but he is not a long term solution for the Men in Blue. With Kohli leading in Tests and ODIs, India appear sorted till the fifty-over World Cup in 2023.
India would have to look for a new leader as Kohli and Rohit would be 35 and 36 respectively by 2023.
Swann feels Rishabh Pant is a better prospect for captaincy as he can lead the team for 10 years.
“Might be, but not for me (On Rohit being the next captain). You have to look to the future. I think India have a captain in waiting for the next 10 years. You know who I’m talking about, it’s Rishabh Pant,” Swann said on Cricket.com.
“He did a great job in Delhi, he is very level-headed and he seems like a sort of a mix of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. He’s very level-headed like MS Dhoni, but he’s got a bit of spirit about him, like Virat. Like how he laughs and giggles and is chirpy behind the stumps.”
Pant led Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021, where the team made it to the playoffs.
“The only reason I’d say not Rohit Sharma is the age difference. With Rishabh Pant, you’ve got someone there for the next 10 years, whereas Rohit has been around a lot already. Rohit is a brilliant skipper, we know that, and he’s done the job for Mumbai, so if he should take over, you’ve got a ready-made skipper. But if I were India, I’d think long-term and go for Rishabh Pant,” added the former off-spinner.
India failed to reach the semi-finals of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2021.