BCCI announced a shocking news a day before the first India vs South Africa T20 international taking place on Thursday (June 9). In the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma, opening batter KL Rahul was announced as Team India captain for the 5-match T20I series in which the Men in Blue will host the Proteas.
KL Rahul along with spin-bowler Kuldeep Yadav have been ruled out of the home series against South Africa due to injury, BCCI announced on Wednesday (June 8).
“KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav ruled out of #INDvSA series owing to injury. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant as Captain and Hardik Pandya as vice-captain for the home series against South Africa,” BCCI tweeted.
Netizens were clearly not happy with the right-hander being missing out on the series and the re-tweets to the BCCI announcement are going viral at the moment. Fans questioned why the batter was not injured in the 2 months of Indian Premier League (IPL) and suddenly got injured a day before the first match against South Africa.
Checkout the angry fans reactions here…
IPL franchise owners > Country
— Champak Dash (@ChampakDash3) June 8, 2022
Kl Rahul : *Gets injured and missed Sri Lanka series
Gets fit just before the ipl played all matches
Gets injured again before sa series
— Mohd Husain (@MohdHusain9695) June 8, 2022
Blessing in disguise? pic.twitter.com/xhjhpHVD6y
— Anuj (@AnujNamnaik3) June 8, 2022
@BCCI Why these players doesn’t get injured during two months long IPL?
— Amit Malik (@ndyamitmalik) June 8, 2022
Young wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant has been named captain of the side along with Hardik Pandya as vice-captain in absence of almost every senior player like Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma.
Interestingly, there have been no replacements announced in place of KL Rahul and spin bowler Kuldeep Yadav till now.