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“Cheating On Shikhar Dhawan” – Fans React As BCCI Snub Veteran India Opener To Appoint KL Rahul As Captain

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan (Credit: Twitter)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given a green signal to KL Rahul for the upcoming three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe. He will lead the side in the tour, which gets underway on August 18. This means Shikhar Dhawan, who was originally appointed as the captain of the side, will slot in as Rahul’s deputy.

Rahul, who has not played international cricket since February this year, has been laid low by a series of injury and health concerns. Right after the IPL, he was scheduled to captain India in the home T20Is against South Africa but missed out owing to a groin injury. The spell on the sidelines was extended after it was revealed that the 30-year-old would require surgery. Consequently, Rahul missed the tour of England and Ireland.

He was scheduled to return at the just-concluded tour of West Indies and USA but following a positive Covid-19 result, the BCCI medical team advised him rest. He has already been named in India’s squad for the Asia Cup at the end of this month. However, given that Rahul has recovered already recovered, he has been added to the squad

The fans welcomed the BCCI’s decision to include KL Rahul in the Indian team for the upcoming series, but at the same time expressed anger with the board’s decision to demote veteran opening batter Shikhar Dhawan from the leadership role and make Rahul the captain.

Here are some of the reactions:

India squad and schedule

India: KL Rahul (c), Shikhar Dhawan (vc), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Deepak Chahar.

Full Schedule

Date Match Details Venue Time (IST)
Aug 18 (Thursday) Zimbabwe vs India, 1st ODI Harare Sports Club, Harare 12:45 PM
Aug 20 (Saturday) Zimbabwe vs India, 2nd ODI Harare Sports Club, Harare 12:45 PM
Aug 22, (Monday) Zimbabwe vs India, 3rd ODI Harare Sports Club, Harare 12:45 PM

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