Rishabh Pant was named India’s captain for the series against South Africa on Wednesday after KL Rahul was ruled out due to a groin ailment.
After wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was named captain for the series against South Africa after KL Rahul was ruled out due to a groin ailment on Wednesday. Minutes after closing up the pre-match news conference, Pant walked out to the middle and practiced power-hitting right next to the center wicket.
Rishabh Pant was receiving deliveries from the throwdown specialist, and he was smashing them for sixes over long-on. Pant was looking at his rhythm as he played some grounded strokes, and he was right.
Ahead, Rishabh Pant aced a power-hitting drill.
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Hardik Pandya, an all-rounder, used to practice power-hitting before Pant. The ball hit the middle of his bat, which is a positive indication for Indian fans.
KL Rahul has been ruled out of the T20I series against South Africa due to a right groin injury. Kuldeep Yadav, who was hit on the right hand while batting in the nets on Friday evening, will miss the T20I series.
The replacements for KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav have still to be chosen by the selection committee. Both cricketers will now report to the NCA, where medical professionals will examine them further and assess their treatment options.
When asked about leading the side, Pant replied: “It’s a fantastic feeling; it didn’t happen under ideal conditions, but I’m grateful regardless. I’d like to thank the BCCI for giving me the opportunity to lead the Indian squad. I’ll do everything in my power to make the most of it. Thank you to all of my supporters for staying with me throughout my cricket career’s ups and downs. I’m going to attempt to make it a habit, and I’m going to work hard every day to develop and better myself.”