Young India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has been appointed as the stand-in captain for the five-match T20I series against South Africa at home after KL Rahul suffered a groin injury and got ruled out of the entire series.
Rahul was previously appointed as India’s captain for the South Africa T20Is in the absence of all-format captain Rohit Sharma, who has been rested for the series. Also, Pant was named as his deputy.
“Team India Captain KL Rahul has been ruled out of the T20I series against South Africa owing to a right groin injury,” BCCI tweeted.
Hardik Pandya, who recently led Gujarat Titans (GT) to the Indian Premier League 2022 triumph, has been named as vice-captain for South Africa T20Is.
The first match of the five-match T20 International (T20I) series between the India National Cricket Team and South Africa National Cricket Team will be played at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Thursday, June 9.
I would like to thank the BCCI for giving me this opportunity – Rishabh Pant
Speaking at a press conference, Rishabh Pant said that his appointment as the captain did not come under good circumstances but he is delighted to get the opportunity to lead India in the series.
Rishabh Pant, who will be making his T20I captaincy debut in the series, also thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for giving him the opportunity to captain India National Cricket Team.
“It is a very good feeling, did not come under very good circumstances but at the same time, I am feeling happy. I would like to thank the BCCI for giving me this opportunity to lead the Indian side. I will try to make most out of it. Thank you to all my well-wishers for supporting me in my journey through my thick and thin of my cricketing career. I will look to make it a base and keep improving and keep making my life better and better each and every day,” the stand-in captain was quoted as saying by NDTV.
“It is a great feeling, especially getting an opportunity to lead in your home town. I will try to make most of it. I think as a captain, it will help me a lot (leading in the IPL) because when you are doing the same thing again and again, you improve. I am someone who keeps learning from his mistakes and I think it will help me in the coming days.”
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