IPL 2013: Taylor set to lead Pune ahead of Yuvraj Singh

Pune to miss skipper Angelo Mathews as ban on Sri Lankans in Chennai will mean former New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor will be the first-choice option for the beleaguered Warriors. Pune need a win to keep their IPL hopes alive.

updated: April 15, 2013 14:11 IST
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Pune Warriors' captaincy will be up for grabs when they take on Chennai Super Kings at Chepauk on Monday. This, as current Pune - Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews - is 'banned' in Tamil Nadu due to political reasons.

Mathews' absence will mean that 'seniors' Ross Taylor and Robin Uthappa are the frontrunners for the post of captain. Yuvraj Singh is also in the side and could have been the best choice, but coach Alan Donald had earlier said that the left-hander will not be burdened with the additional responsibility of leading the side despite the 31-year-old's experience of having captained the side previously.

Pune have won just one of four matches in the tournament so far and now face an uphill task against two-time IPL champions, Chennai. A win at Chepauk can be a big boost for the side which has languished in the bottom-half of the table in the previous two editions. In the context then, veteran Taylor may be the best bet for the side since he has the experience of having led the Kiwis till recently.

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