The Indian cricket team has to enter its first T20 series after the Indian Premier League from today i.e. June 9. Just a day before the series, the team's preparations suffered a setback when KL Rahul, who was named captain against South Africa, was out with an injury. The BCCI had informed on Wednesday evening that captain and spinner Kuldeep Yadav will not be part of the series due to injury.
In the last 7 months, he was out of the team 4 times due to injury and was not a part of Team India in 4 series. This has raised concerns for the selectors and the BCCI. Due to repeated injuries, he has become less reliable both as a player and as a captain. In such a situation, Rishabh Pant was given the command of the T20 series.
BCCI shared a video of Rishabh Pant on its official Twitter account. In which Rishabh Pant is speaking on being given the captaincy before the series against South Africa. In this video he said that 'It is a very good feeling. But I did not get this opportunity in good condition, still I am happy. Thanks to the BCCI for giving me this opportunity. Not only this, Rishabh Pant further said that 'I will try my best to give my best. Thank you all for supporting me in my ups and downs in my career. I see this opportunity to improve my career and I will try to do better every day.
Before the T20 series against South Africa, KL Rahul suffered a right groin injury, which is between the abdomen and the thigh. Due to this, he has been advised to take rest. Kuldeep Yadav also got injured during net practice. He had an injury on his right hand. Due to which he was also out of the team before the match. Rishabh Pant has been given the captaincy of the team. At the same time, Hardik Pandya has been made the vice-captain of the team.
India: Rishabh Pant (Captain), Rishabh Pant (Captain), Rishabh Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik.
South Africa: Aiden Markram, David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, Reza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Tristan Stubbs, Dwight Pretorius, Marco Janssen, Heinrich Klaasen, Quinton de Kock, Enrique Norkhia, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Tabrez Shamsi , Wayne Parnell.