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India vs South Africa: Jasprit Bumrah as vice-captain is surprising to me, says former selector Sarandeep Singh | Cricket News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: 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.
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.
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.
‘Pujara will be rested soon if his flop shows continue’
The Indian team registered a comprehensive win against the South Africans in Centurion to take a 1-0 in the 3-match Test series. But India’s middle-order is still a concern for team management as the senior batters like skipper Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara are yet to strike form with the bat and if they do not perform then they might as well be rested soon especially Pujara who scored 0 and 16 in Centurion Test match.
“Our batting department is not doing well KL Rahul is the only key factor but we can’t depend on him totally and Virat Kohli but here I want to talk about Pujara that he has to score runs because a centurion like Shreyas Iyer is waiting in the squad because of you as you are a senior player and if your flop show continues then you will have to be rested soon.” said Sarandeep.
”The team is doing damn good and I have full faith that we will win the series if I talk about the South Africa team they are just playing for sake of it and not for the win. They have a weak batting and bowling line up and from the second Test Quinton de Kock will not be part of the team so the batting order will collapse badly and our team is doing good,” he said.





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