Star Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah was appointed as new One Day Internationals (ODI) vice-captain of India National Cricket Team for the upcoming three-match series against South Africa.
Virat Kohli was recently removed from white-ball captaincy and Rohit Sharma was appointed as new white-ball captain, however, he suffered an injury and has was ruled out of the South Africa ODIs and KL Rahul has been given the privilege to lead the ODI side in the South Africa tour and the Chetan Sharma-led selection panel has named Jasprit Bumrah as his deputy.
Bumrah getting the vice-captain’s role came as a surprise for many fans as proven IPL skippers Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant were already present in the team.
Meanwhile, if sources close to the selection committee are to be believed, Bumrah has been appointed as vice-captain because it is for just one series and once Rohit Sharma returns KL Rahul will be back to his vice-captain’s role. The sources revealed that Bumrah was picked for the leadership job ahead of Iyer and Pant as the selectors wanted to reward him for his all format consistency.
“Look, this is just for one series as Rohit (out injured) is almost certain to come back during the home leg against West Indies and Sri Lanka. Then KL will again become the deputy,” a BCCI source privy to selection matters told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
“However, the selectors wanted to reward Jassi (Bumrah’s nickname) for his consistency as well as cricket brain. That’s why he was picked ahead of Pant and Iyer,” he said.
Jasprit Bumrah Is A Very Sensible Young Man With A Lot Of Rationality, So Why Not Reward Him – MSK Prasad
Former chairman of selectors MSK Prasad feels that naming Bumrah as vice-captain was an easy call because it is for just one series. He elaborated:
“Jasprit is a very sensible young man with a lot of rationality. So why not reward him? I like this decision as why can’t we make a fast bowler captain, If he is doing well in all formats ? Unless you give him an opportunity to be a part of the leadership group, you won’t know what to expect of Jasprit. But having said that, I would also say that possibly since it was a decision on vice-captaincy for one series, it was an easy call.”
He added that if the captaincy spot was open in the absence of Rohit and Rahul then the selectors might have taken other decisions. He said:
“Had it been for captaincy with both Rohit and Rahul unavailable, it could have been different.”
MSK Prasad further said that IPL captaincy is different from international captaincy. He explained:
” In IPL, a team might have four to five guaranteed superstars with different drifts and pulls. Then you need to manage at least a couple of domestic players, who may or may not withstand the pressures of franchise cricket. In the Indian team, you have at least 12-13 top-class talented fellows, who know their exact roles at the biggest stage. Captaining India is at times easier.“
Prasad was further asked why Iyer and Pant were overlooked to which he replied by saying that Iyer is just making a comeback after the surgery and Pant is not consistent in limited-overs cricket. He said:
“I think it’s got a lot to do with the fact that Iyer is now coming in after surgery and also Pant needs to be a bit more consistent in the white-ball format, Also this my assumption that since till 2023, Rohit will remain the captain and KL will be his deputy, making Pant or Iyer vice-captain now means that you give them an idea that they are in leadership mix which might not be the case.”
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