The first T20I match of the five-match T20I series between Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team and Nicholas Pooran-led West Indies National Cricket Team is being held at the Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad on Friday, July 29.
India’s first-choice vice-captain in T20I cricket is star opener, KL Rahul. Rahul was named in India’s squad for the T20I series against West Indies, but his availability was subject to fitness.
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However, he was tested positive for Covid-19 last week and has been advised to rest by the medical team. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also added the wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson to the T20I squad as a replacement for Rahul for the West Indies series.
Notably, Rahul was named as India’s captain for the five-match home T20I series against the South Africa National Cricket Team in the absence of captain Rohit Sharma, who was rested.
However, he was unable to participate in the series after suffering “a right groin injury” and the young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was appointed as the skipper and Hardik Pandya was named as his vice-captain.
Hardik Pandya Named India’s Vice-captain For West Indies T20Is
Now things have entirely changed as star all-rounder Hardik has been named as India’s vice-captain for the five-match T20I series against West Indies National Cricket Team.
It looks like Hardik is being looked at as the next T20I captain of the India National Cricket Team by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The BCCI confirmed his appointment by naming him as vice-captain of the team, posted on Twitter.
🚨 Here’s #TeamIndia‘s Playing XI 👇
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 29, 2022
Notably, Hardik recently made his debut as a skipper of the India National Cricket Team in the two-match T20I series against the Ireland National Cricket Team and India won the series by 2-0 under his leadership.
The all-rounder was considered for captaincy after his successful stint as a skipper in the Indian Premier League 2022. Hardik led the debutants Gujarat Titans (GT) to the title victory in his debut season as a skipper and several cricket pundits lauded him for his captaincy.
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