The selection committee of the Indian Cricket Board picked Indian batter Cheteshwar Pujara as the vice-captain and KL Rahul as the captain for the upcoming Test series against Bangladesh. Stand-in skipper Rahul said that he doesn’t know the criteria for the appointment of vice-captain in the team. Many fans were surprised by Pujara’s appointment as Rahul’s deputy ahead of young Rishabh Pant who has done really well recently in the longest format.
In a press conference ahead of the first Test, reporters asked Rahul about the same to which he said that it doesn’t change many things between the teammates.
“I at least don’t know what the criteria is. Whoever is picked, you give yourself a pat on the back and continue. Even for me, when I become the vice-captain, you get happy that you have the responsibility of the team. It really doesn’t change too many things. Everybody in the team knows their roles and responsibilities and how much the team appreciates their contribution,” Rahul said
‘Both have been brilliant for us’- KL Rahul
Rahul praised both Pujara and Pant and said that both have done well for the team whenever required and whoever gets the responsibility, he will try to take the team ahead. He also called Shubman Gill an exciting talent who has performed exceptionally whenever he gets the opportunity.
“Rishabh and Pujji (Pujara) have both been brilliant for us in Test cricket. They have done the job so many times. So we don’t really think so much. Whoever is appointed, he tries to take the responsibility and we carry on as a team. The team wins as 11 players and when we go down, we go down as a whole team,” he added.
“Shubman’s been a brilliant player. How he’s transformed and how he is getting better at his game is just wonderful to see. In Test matches, whenever he has got the opportunity, he has done the job. He has a temperament for the long format. In every format that he has played, he’s really exciting,” he added.
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