You have been out for 18 months, then you play a Test and you become a vice-captain: Sourav Ganguly slams BCCI for Rahane’s vice-captaincy selection

Former Indian team captain and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has expressed confusion and surprise over Ajinkya Rahane’s appointment as vice-captain in Test cricket. Rahane, who returned to the squad after an 18-month absence, performed well in the World Test Championship final against Australia.

However, Ganguly, known for valuing consistency and continuity in selection, found the decision puzzling. He suggested that grooming someone like Shubman Gill for the role would have been more ideal.


Ganguly questioned the thought process behind Rahane’s quick elevation to vice-captaincy and highlighted the candidacy of Ravindra Jadeja, a long-standing performer in Test matches.

I won’t say it’s a step backward. You have been out for 18 months, then you play a Test and you become a vice-captain. I don’t understand the thought process behind it. There is Ravindra Jadeja, who has been there for a long time and a certainty in Test matches, he is a candidate. – Sourav to PTI

He emphasized the importance of clear communication with players like Cheteshwar Pujara, advocating for a well-defined approach to their selection. Ganguly stressed the need for continuity and consistency in the selection process, urging the selectors to maintain transparency and strategic decision-making for the team’s long-term success in Test cricket.