Batting great Sunil Gavaskar bats for an Indian Captain to be selected to lead the newly-formed Rajkot team. He said that it makes more sense to have somebody at the helm who knows the local players well.
Mobile company Intex grabbed the ownership rights of the Rajkot team. The recently concluded IPL Draft saw them pick players like Raina, local lad Jadeja, foreigners James Faulkner, Dwayne Bravo, Brendon McCullum.
“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 opener said.
In the department of captaincy, Gavaskar supported the Pune franchise just because of the major fact that they have the Indian Captain MS Dhoni in their team. “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.
Asked about his views on which team could turn out to be the favourites after the IPL Draft, Gavaskar said Pune would be the stronger one because of the kind of players they have in their ranks along the big player MS Dhoni.
“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.
Sunil Gavaskar also stated that the Rajkot team would be welcomed with “great enthusiasm” from the Gujaratis.