‘Vice-captain’ missing from Indian Test team, discussion rages on KL Rahul
The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) squad announcement for the third and fourth Tests against Australia saw no changes in terms of personnel, but a major difference was seen in terms of KL Rahul’s designation. The out-of-form Karnataka batsman no longer carried the ‘vice-captain’ tag in the board’s team announcements. The decision left fans scratching their heads, wondering whether the opener had lost his position.
Rahul, whose scores in the last seven innings have been 22, 23, 10, 2, 20, 17 and 1, has been the center of attention in the Indian team which has done exceptionally well in the two Tests against Australia. , With an in-form batsman like Shubman Gill warming the bench, the pressure is mounting on the Indian team management to find a solution.
While Rahul has not been dropped from the team yet, the board seems to have decided to remove him from the post of vice-captain.
According to a report, the BCCI has given skipper Rohit Sharma the power to appoint his deputy in the longest format of the game.
The Indian Express quoted a source as saying, “It was decided not to name any vice-captain. Instead, the power was given to Rohit Sharma. Who will lead the team in case Rohit Sharma leaves the field. “
India’s Test squad for the third and fourth Test against Australia: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, KS Bharat (wicketkeeper), Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Akshar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat.
After the conclusion of the second Test in New Delhi, both captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid were asked about KL Rahul’s struggles.
While Rohit continued to extend his full support to Rahul, he also admitted that the opener needs to learn how to play on spin-friendly surfaces. Dravid also felt that Rahul just needed to ‘believe in the process’.
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