On Friday, December 31th BCCI announced the squad for the 3 matches ODI series against South Africa. Which will be played after the test series. As Rohit Sharma is not yet fit and is unavailable, KL Rahul and Jasprit Bumrah have been named as Captain and Vice-captain respectively.
KL Rahul (Capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Y Chahal, R Ashwin, W Sundar, J Bumrah (VC), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Siraj
Talking to a news channel Saba Karim, a Former selector said that
“I was extremely surprised, I was not expecting Jasprit Bumrah to be made the vice-captain. I was hoping that Rishabh Pant had more chances to be made the vice-captain because he is also a multi-format player, he plays all the three formats.”
“His [Pant’s] performances as captain of the Delhi Capitals have been very good. We are seeing how he reads the match, he has a lot of game awareness.
“Jasprit Bumrah has the talent, his role is very important for the Indian team, but he has not captained anywhere till now. So it is slightly surprising. I was feeling that Rishabh Pant was the first candidate as vice-captain.”
As coins have two sides, different people have different opinions. The one side has the people like Saba Karim, who wants Rishabh Pant to be the vice-captain whereas on the other side has the people like Reetinder Sodhi, who believes that bowlers are also a captaincy material.
Jasprit Bumrah can captain the country in the coming days.” – Reetinder Sodhi
“I have said earlier as well that Jasprit Bumrah is captaincy material. It is a huge myth that fast bowlers cannot be captains. Fast bowlers read the game very well and the big reason for Jasprit Bumrah being made the vice-captain is that he is a performer across the formats.”
“We can take a leaf out of the book of the Australians. Pat Cummins was made the captain, there was a lot of criticism. But Australia is 3-0 ahead in the Ashes and Pat Cummins has given a terrific performance
“Jasprit Bumrah being made the vice-captain is a signal that he can captain the country in the coming days.”