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“We Are Wanting To Groom KL Rahul”: Chief Selector Chetan Sharma

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Captain Rohit Sharma was on Friday dominated out of India’s upcoming ODI collection in South Africa resulting from a hamstring damage, forcing the selectors to nominate KL Rahul as skipper of an 18-member staff for the white-ball leg of the tour. All-rounder Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja had been additionally not chosen as they weren’t match whereas senior pacer Mohammed Shami, who’s within the staff for the continued Take a look at collection, was restehd. Pacer Jasprit Bumrah was named as vice-captain of the staff.

“Rohit Sharma isn’t match, he’s in rehab and he’s not going for the ODI collection in South Africa. He’s engaged on and constructing on his health. We by no means needed to take probability with him,” chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma mentioned earlier than saying the staff.

“We want to groom KL Rahul and we have now confidence in him. He has proved his management qualities. KL is the perfect one who can deal with the facet. He’s an all-format participant and he has bought good expertise of captaincy… that is what all selectors assume,” he added.

The three-match ODI collection will start at Paarl on January 19. The second match will even be performed at Paarl on January 21 whereas the third one might be at Cape City on January 23.

Rohit and Jadeja had been rehabilitating on the Nationwide Cricket Academy in Bengaluru after being dominated out of the continued Take a look at collection in South Africa resulting from accidents.

In actual fact, the choice assembly was purported to be held earlier — simply after the Vijay Hazare Trophy — but it surely was pushed again solely to make sure that Rohit will get an opportunity to cross the health take a look at.

“We thought if Rohit is 100 per cent match, there isn’t any probability for accidents, then he shouldn’t miss an vital collection. If he’s not 100 per cent match, we thought we won’t take an opportunity and all of the 5 selectors determined to not take an opportunity,” Sharma mentioned.

All of the selectors had a chat with Rohit relating to his health.

Rohit, who was named ODI captain earlier this month changing Virat Kohli, was to journey to South Africa as vice-captain for the Take a look at collection which started on December 26 however a hamstring damage throughout coaching dominated him out. He had taken cost as T20I captain in opposition to New Zealand final month.

Sharma mentioned the selectors will not be considering past the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia.

“We’re undoubtedly getting ready for the 2023 (50-over) World Cup however our first intention is the T20 World Cup. We’re not considering past that,” he mentioned.

“We’ve got no proper to imagine who might be match or not. Nobody desires to be unfit. We’re grooming KL Rahul and we even have Bumrah. We would like them to study and that might be good for Indian cricket.” On Shami being rested, Sharma mentioned, “Wanting on the workload administration of our quick bowlers, we’re resting him,” he mentioned.

Jadeja was earlier dominated out of the South Africa tour resulting from a knee damage which he sustained in the course of the New Zealand Take a look at collection at house final month.

Sharma mentioned the choice committee took into consideration the performances of gamers in home cricket and a number of the younger abilities had been mentioned within the assembly.

“All 5 of us consider in home cricket. Plenty of kids have already come within the facet on home cricket performances, particularly like Ruturaj, Venkatesh Iyer. Washington Sundar did very effectively after his damage, got here again and carried out in home cricket, and he made his place within the Indian facet for ODIs,” Sharma mentioned.


“Just a few different younger gamers we mentioned are Ravi Bishnoi, Rishi Dhawan, who did effectively in home cricket, in Mushtaq Ali in addition to in Vijay Hazare. They may undoubtedly get their possibilities in future (due to load administration). One other dashing batsman Shahrukh Khan was additionally mentioned, Harshal Patel and Avesh Khan additionally,” he added.

The Squad: KL Rahul (capt), Jasprit Bumrah (vice-capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaekwad, Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, R Ashwin, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar,Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Siraj.

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