Daryl Mitchell is enjoying a honeymoon period in his new role as Worcestershire captain.
The 26-year-old batsman took charge of his native county just three weeks ago after Vikram Solanki stepped down after five seasons to concentrate on his batting.
In the brief time that Mitchell has been in charge, Worcestershire have yet to lose a match. They have won one and drawn the other of their two County Championship matches and won four successive Clydesdale Bank 40 games, having failed to win any of their first seven games.
Mitchell’s appointment came after he replaced Gareth Batty as vice-captain at the start of the season and his impressive start to captaincy has made him firm favourite to retain the job for next season.
“I’ve played for Worcestershire right from the age of eleven, right through the academy system, through the second team and into the firsts,” Mitchell said.
“Captaining the side wasn’t something I thought about seriously until Vikram asked me to be his vice-captain. When that happened, captaining the county was definitely something I wanted to do but I didn’t think it would come around so quickly. I thought it might be two or three years down the line.
“When Vikram resigned I had a range of emotions. It was a very sad day because Vikram was the only captain I have played under at Worcestershire and I worked very closely with him as vice-captain.
“Like everyone in the dressing room at Colwyn Bay, it came as a bit of a shock when Vikram came in and told us that he was resigning.
“But it was a great honour to be asked to captain the side and to know that the powers-that-be at the club thought that I could do the job.”
Mitchell, who was educated at Worcester University on a scholarship that allowed him to continue playing cricket, has combined the captaincy with a successful season which has included four Championship centuries, three of them in successive innings against Gloucestershire and Glamorgan.
“I’ve done all right this year,” he said modestly. “I’ve had quite a few scores between nought and ten but when I have got in I have done pretty well, which has been pleasing.”