The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday named an 18-man roster for the upcoming three-game ODI series against South Africa, which starts on January 18. With white ball captain Rohit Sharma missing due to a hamstring injury, KL Rahul has been named stand-in captain for the series despite the presence of test skipper Virat Kohli, a decision that has raised some eyebrows. Former Pakistani captain Salman Butt spoke about this and praised the decision and explained the logic behind it.
The former lead-off hitter explained that with Rohit replacing Kohli as full-time cue captain last month, it only made sense to make a decision going forward and select a leader, albeit as a substitute option. which could lead the India. team in the future.
“Virat Kohli will not continue to lead this team. And as he will no longer be the captain of the team, they (management) will choose the vice-captain as the replacement skipper, who can lead the team in the future. also captain of the IPL,” he said while answering fans’ questions on his YouTube channel.
Butt pointed out that the Indian team has been following the same pattern of training youngsters for captaincy for quite some time, something that started during MS Dhoni’s captaincy when Kohli and other youngsters were asked to lead the team against weaker opponents.
“This is the pattern Indian cricket has followed. When there is an opportunity, they give young people the opportunity and give him the responsibility to test it. So I think this is a good opportunity for KL Rahul.
“We saw this even during MS Dhoni’s time. Whenever India faced smaller countries, he gave the captain’s armband to youngsters and the team won,” he added.
Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah has been appointed vice-captain for the series, while Shikhar Dhawan has also been recalled.
The first and second ODI will be played at Boland Stadium in Paarl on January 19 and 21 respectively, while the third and final ODI will be played on January 23 at Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, which will also host the upcoming second ODI. Test.
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