KL Rahul to don vice-captaincy hat for Test series against SA
Gnews: Lokesh Rahul (KL Rahul) got the good news amidst huge controversy in Indian cricket. The in-form opener is set to become the vice-captain of Team India’s Test team in the South Africa series. That is the news according to BCCI sources.
Rohit Sharma was supposed to be the deputy of Virat Kohli in the Indian Test team from this series. But Rohit could not go to South Africa due to a hamstring injury at the last moment. He is currently undergoing rehab at the National Cricket Academy. Who will be the co-captain of the Indian team in Rohit’s absence? There have been rumors about it for the last few days.
Along with Rahul, young wicketkeeper Rishav Pant was in the running to be the co-captain. The name of Ajinkya Rahane, who had just lost his co-captaincy, was being floated from some quarters. Another name that might have been thought of was Ravi Ashwin. Much has already been written about his relationship with captain Kohli. However, Rahul was ahead of others in the fight. Because at the moment, Rahul is also the vice-captain of India’s limited-overs. Moreover, in the future, many have started seeing Rahul as the captain of three formats. Perhaps that is why the BCCI appointed Rahul as Virat Kohli’s deputy. However, there is a question here. Rahul has not been getting regular opportunities in the Test team for so long. He did not play in the just-concluded New Zealand series. England did not get a chance in the first XI tour. Should one of the two openers Shubhaman Gill and Mayank Agarwal be dropped this time?
In fact, overall, this year is going well for Rahul. Apart from being in great form with the bat, he is also getting a big deal in the IPL. It is learned that Lokesh has signed Sanjeev Goenka’s Lucknow franchise for Rs 20 crore in the IPL. Goenka’s team will captain him. Former Lucknow captain Andy Flower has coached the Lucknow team. On the same day, it was learned that former KKR captain Gautam Gambhir is also joining the Lucknow team. Or he will join the Lucknow camp as a mentor.