After newly appointed India white-ball vice-captain KL Rahul got injured after playing the second one-day international of the three-match series against West Indies at the Narendra Modi Stadium n Motera, Ahmedabad, the BCCI has elevated Rishabh Pant to vice-captaincy for the upcoming three-match T20I series against the same opposition.
KL Rahul, who had missed the first ODI of the series for the wedding of his sister, joined the team and batted at no.4 for the Indian team in the second ODI. However, it was later revealed that the vice-captain of the Indian limited-overs side had suffered a hamstring injury and was ruled out of the third and final ODI and the subsequent T20I series.
This meant that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), in its latest announcement on February 14, 2022, revealed that Rishabh Pant has been made the vice-captain of the Indian T20I team for the three T20Is against West Indies, which will be played on February 16, 18 and 20 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
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On the other hand, the press released by the BCCI also stated that all-rounder Washington Sundar has been ruled out for three weeks after a Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) official revealed that he had suffered a Grade 1 hamstring injury and he will have to report at the NCA on Tuesday, February 15 and will have to spend at least three weeks at the NCA.
In his place, the BCCI has named left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav as his replacement. Kuldeep recently made his Indian team comeback in the third ODI against West Indies and impressed a lot.
Updated India squad for West Indies T20Is:
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Rishabh Pant (vice-captain) (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Surya Kumar Yadav, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Ravi Bishnoi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohd. Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Deepak Hooda, Kuldeep Yadav