Even though the competition to make it into the national team is extremely high, more and more young players are making their debut for the Indian team. T20 leagues like IPL are giving more exposure to talented young players which helps these players get recognition from national selectors. Over the years many young players have made their Team India debut and some of them have been captains as well.
In whatever format, being the captain of a national team is a difficult job. If someone assumes Indian captaincy at a young age and without much experience, it becomes a more difficult task.
- Sachin Tendulkar – 23 Years 126 Days
Sachin Tendulkar is the youngest ODI captain in Indian cricket history. He also holds several batting records in international cricket. On August 28, 1996, in the Colombo (RPS) ODI against Sri Lanka, Tendulkar took the helm of the Indian squad for the first time at the age of just 23 years and 126 days. India only had 23 victories in 73 ODIs under Sachin Tendulkar’s captaincy.
- Suresh Raina – 23 Years and 182 Days
In the absence of regular leader MS Dhoni, the left-handed batter Suresh Raina had a brief stint as the Indian ODI captain, which he frequently experienced between 2010 and 2014. At the age of 23 years and 182 days, Raina led the Indian ODI team for the first time against Zimbabwe on May 28, 2010, at Bulawayo. He just had the opportunity to captain the squad in 12 ODIs, and he deserves praise for winning six of them.
- Kapil Dev – 23 Years and 249 Days
In addition to being one of the greatest all-around players in the history of the sport, Kapil Dev is a superb leader. He led the Indian squad, who, against all odds, ended the West Indies’ dominance over World Cups. On September 12, 1982, in the ODI match at Amritsar against Sri Lanka, Dev led the Indian side for the first time at the age of 23 years and 249 days.
- Virender Sehwag – 24 Years and 178 Days
When Sourav Ganguly rested for the match against Bangladesh, Virender Sehwag got his first taste of captaincy. Sehwag was a talented and entertaining batsman. Between 2003 and 2012, Sehwag frequently served as the captain of the Indian squad, which finished with seven victories and five defeats in 12 games.
- Virat Kohli – 24 Years and 239 Days
Virat Kohli, a former Indian captain, is a superb captain in addition to being a brilliant batsman. At the age of 24 years and 239 days, the 2008 ICC U19 World Cup champion skipper Kohli led the senior ODI team for the first time during the Kingston ODI against Sri Lanka on July 2, 2013. Even though Kohli’s first experiences as an ODI leader came as a fill-in during the absence of permanent skipper MS Dhoni, Kohli become one of the greatest captains.