Former India opener turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has opened up on the fact that Jasprit Bumrah’s appointment as vice-captain for the ODI series against South Africa is a reflection of his rise in recent times.
However, the BCCI has named an 18-member Indian squad for the three-match ODI series, led by KL Rahul in the absence of Rohit Sharma, who has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury. In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra said:
“Jasprit Bumrah is the vice-captain, that’s the second big news. That’s a meteoric rise once again, Bumrah being given the responsibility of vice-captaincy of the Indian cricket team.”
“It is a fantastic thing. It is a step up for Bumrah, he has been absolutely brilliant, so it is the right thing,” he continued.
Meanwhile, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant were also in the race for taking the vice-captaincy but Iyer’s place in the playing XI is not certain yet. And, that’s why the selectors handed over the reins to Jasprit Bumrah.
“It was very logical” – Aakash Chopra on KL Rahul being appointed as ODI captain
Aakash Chopra also opened up on KL Rahul’s appointment as Team India skipper for the ODI series against South Africa in place of Rohit Sharma, who failed to recover from a hamstring injury. He said:
“KL Rahul has been given the captaincy because of Rohit Sharma’s injury. We were discussing that he will be the vice-captain but with Rohit not being there, he has become the captain.”
“The fantastic form KL Rahul is in, he has got the chance to captain the Indian team for the first time. It was very logical, to be very honest, if you see the team’s composition. He was already the vice-captain in T20Is and had to become the ODI vice-captain. He is currently the Test vice-captain also and will now lead the ODI side,” Aakash Chopra concluded.
Notably, Rohit Sharma has also missed the Test series due to his injury.