Former skipper Sunil Gavaskar suggested that new IPL
team Rajkot should have an Indian captain, saying it
makes sense to have somebody at the helm who knows
the local players well.
Mobile company Intex grabbed the Rajkot franchise and
picked Suresh Raina, local hero Ravindra Jadeja, Kiwi
superstar Brendon McCullum and Australian all-rounder
“In IPL it makes sense that team has an Indian captain. he
knows local players, knows the weaknesses and strengths
of local players. And you need an Indian coach if you
make Brendon McCullum the captain,” the legendary
Gavaskar also said, people of Gujarat will receive the
Rajkot team with “great enthusiasm”.
However, Gavaskar felt the Pune franchise would be
favourite since they have Indian one-day skipper
Mahendra Singh Dhoni in its ranks.
“Any team that has MS will start as favourite. The kind of
cricket he plays, he can turn the match on its head. Then
Pune has Ashwin, who is in incredible form and Faf du
Plessis. Balance in any team is crucial. Pune I think is a
little stronger than Rajkot,” Gavaskar said.
“It’s triple delight. He (Dhoni) is a player, captain and a
brand. Any new franchise needs someone like MSD. He is
the biggest brand in Indian sports. He brings that
leadership quality on the table. Pune has done the right
thing by picking him,” he said.