KL Rahul has reportedly been named vice-captain of the Indian cricket team for the remainder of the World Cup, stepping in as Rohit Sharma’s deputy following Hardik Pandya’s tournament exit.

Wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul has reportedly assumed the role of vice-captain for the Indian cricket team during the remaining matches of the World Cup. This development follows flamboyant all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s unfortunate exit due to an ankle injury, leading the BCCI to name Prasidh Krishna as his replacement.

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Notably, the official announcement of Rohit Sharma’s deputy is yet to be made. According to a report in the Indian Express, Rahul’s appointment as vice-captain was communicated to him by the chairman of the selection committee, Ajit Agarkar.

“The BCCI has appointed KL Rahul as the vice-captain of the Indian team for the remainder of the World Cup. He was informed about it on Saturday morning by chairman of selection committee, Ajit Agarkar, who is traveling with the team,” a BCCI official said when speaking to The Indian Express.

Rahul’s multifaceted contributions, both with the bat and as a wicketkeeper, have solidified his importance in the ODI side, edging out Ishan Kishan in the wicketkeeping role and earning praise for his glovework and support with DRS calls to captain Rohit Sharma.

According to the report, Jasprit Bumrah was also considered for the vice-captaincy, but Rahul’s wicket-keeping expertise, offering a better grasp of in-game dynamics, gave him an edge. As a result, Rahul will now participate in all team meetings, influencing team selection decisions.

Last Updated on November 4, 2023

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