Aakash Chopra has given a statement regarding KL Rahul’s appointment as Test vice-captain for the upcoming South Africa series. Recently, BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket India) announced that Indian opening batsman KL Rahul who was in great form when New Zealand came to India for the two Test-match series, will be appointed as vice-captain of the Indian Test cricket team for the South Africa tour. Many things have changed in the Indian cricket team in these two weeks as Virat Kohli is no more a white-ball format captain for India, meanwhile opening batsman Rohit Sharma took his place. Ajinkya Rahane who was a Test match vice-captain for the Blues for many years will no more be in the role.
It seemed that BCCI was looking for a replacement for an Indian middle-order batsman who is not in great touch in these recent years, Ajinkya Rahane. BCCI was looking for Rohit Sharma as a potential replacement for Rahane. But due to his injury, he will not be included in the Team for the Test-match series against South Africa. Thus, they chose KL Rahul as vice-captain for this series.
Cricket expert, and Hindi and English Commentator Aakash Chopra feel that the appointment of the young cricketer KL Rahul as vice-captain will see that a senior batter named Ajinkya Rahane lose his place from the playing 11. He feels that BCCI was looking for a replacement for a long time as Rahane’s form in Test cricket was questioned and discussed by many experts and ex-Indian cricketers.
“I think Rahul may be appointed vice-captain in ODIs also. Ajinkya Rahane might find it difficult to find a place in the XI. He was captain just a couple of Test matches ago but right now he’s not even the vice-captain.” Aakash Chopra said in a video shared on Koo.