New Delhi [India]: KL Rahul was appointed as India’s stand-in ODI captain for the 3-match ODI series against South Africa starting January 18 by selectors in the absence of newly appointed white-ball captain Rohit Sharma. Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was made KL Rahul’s deputy and that has surprised the former India cricketer and selector Sarandeep Singh. “KL Rahul will lead Team India in the blue jersey. I have full faith in KL Rahul but Jasprit Bumrah as vice-captain is surprising to me because a fast bowler names as vice-captain is quite different as he field on the boundary and it’s tough for him to come from the boundary and take part in meetings on the ground after every ball or over,” said Sarandeep Singh while speaking to ANI.
The current Chairman of Selectors Chetan Sharma requested media to end whatever has been speculated between Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly and selectors for the sake of Indian cricket as there was a lot of confusion when Virat Kohli said that he was not told in the last one and a half hours that he was being removed as ODI captain as while resigning from T20I captaincy before the T20 World Cup he wanted to captain India in ODIs till the 2023 World Cup. All these indicated that there was no clear conversation between Virat and selectors leading to so much ambiguity.
“Virat Kohli and selectors issue has to be resolved by the board at the earliest as it is going on for too long now and this is high time in my opinion to close the matter.” said former India selector Sarandeep Singh to ANI.
In the absence of white-ball skipper Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul will have the honour of representing India for the first time. The Indian selectors want to groom KL Rahul as a leader for the future.