KL Rahul was given the command of the team after the Indian team’s appointed captain Rohit Sharma was rested for the T20 series against South Africa. But before the start of the series, KL Rahul got injured and Rishabh Pant has been made the captain in his place. Hardik Pandya, who won the Gujarat Titans trophy as captain in the recently concluded IPL 2022, has been made the vice-captain.
R Ashwin has not been selected for the T20I series against South Africa, who was part of Rajasthan Royals, who were runners-up in IPL 2022. However, Ashwin will be seen in action during India’s tour of England in June-July. When will the rescheduled fifth test be played? India lead the series 2-1.
But former India batsman Mohammad Kaif believes that the off-spinner should have been a part of the T20I series due to his excellent batting and ability to bowl in the powerplay.
“It was disappointing not to pick Ravichandran Ashwin. He was in the squad for the T20 World Cup last year and even his current form is very good. India could have included Ashwin except for one leg-spinner. He can bowl with the new ball in the first six overs and is batting well.
Ashwin, who took 442 wickets in 86 Tests, returned to the limited-overs team after four years and was also part of the T20 World Cup squad in the United Arab Emirates last year. The 35-year-old Indian scored 191 runs for Rajasthan during the recently concluded IPL. In bowling, he took 12 wickets in 17 matches.