IND vs SA Live Update: Because of an injury to his right groin, Rahul is unable to play in any of the Twenty20 International matches that India will play against South Africa. As a result, Rahul is unable to fulfill his dream of leading India in a match played on Indian soil for the first time. The selection committee decided to promote Rishabh Pant, who had been serving as the team’s vice-captain for this particular series, to the position of captain. The announcement was made the night before the first game of the series was scheduled to take place at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi. Even though Rahul finds the injury “difficult to accept,” he sent his best wishes to India’s new captain, Pant, who will lead the team for the first time on Thursday evening.
“Hard to accept but I begin another challenge today. Gutted not to be leading the side for the first time at home, but the boys have all my support from the sidelines. Heartfelt thanks to all for your support. Wishing Rishabh and the boys all the luck for the series. See you soon,” tweeted Rahul, who had practiced on Monday but skipped the nets on Tuesday.
Hard to accept but I begin another challenge today. Gutted not to be leading the side for the first time at home, but the boys have all my support from the sidelines.Heartfelt thanks to all for your support.Wishing Rishabh and the boys all the luck for the series.See you soon🏏💙
— K L Rahul (@klrahul) June 8, 2022Advertisement
As a result of Rahul’s unexpected absence, the door has been opened for Ruturaj Gaikwad to emulate the success he has had playing for Chennai Super Kings for India.
IND vs SA Live Update: Rishabh Pant will be serving as the captain in KL Rahul’s absence
Rahul was chosen captain of the squad after all-format leader Rohit Sharma and superstar Virat Kohli took a vacation following the conclusion of the Indian Premier League. However, he is unable to lead the team due to a groin injury that he sustained.
Pant, a wicketkeeper-batsman who leads the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League, will take command of the five-match series, which will start on Thursday in New Delhi.
The young man, who is just 24 years old, said to the media, “It’s a terrific feeling, particularly obtaining a chance like this in your hometown. There’s (no) larger opportunity than that and I will make the most of it.”
Pant continued by saying that having the experience of managing Delhi will help him perform better in the future.
“It will be of great assistance to me because when you keep on doing the same thing over a period, you tend to develop. It will benefit me a lot,” Pant added.