Latest Cricket News: KL Rahul gets particular accolades from an ex-BCCI selector

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Latest Cricket News: KL Rahul has established himself as a significant member of India’s current setup by demonstrating his batting prowess in all three forms. In addition, the 29-year-old has been selected India’s ODI skipper for the three-match series against South Africa. He’s also had a good run with the bat, scoring 123 and 23 in Centurion to help India win their first-ever Test match there.

Rahul had a memorable year in 2021, and former India wicketkeeper Saba Karim believes the right-handed dasher will have an even better year and the decade ahead of him. He also praised the BCCI’s decision to name him as the ODI captain, indicating the board’s strategy for identifying a future leader.

“I believe this is a wise decision. I am convinced that KL Rahul will own not only the following year but also the coming decade. If he maintains his current form, he will serve India for many years to come,” the former BCCI selector remarked on the Khelneeti podcast.

Rahul’s experience with Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he demonstrated his leadership abilities while still excelling with the bat, was also highlighted by Karim. He also won the famous Orange Cap in the 2020 edition, scoring 670 runs at an average of 55.83 in 14 matches.

“If a player is in good form, he understands his obligations. I believe now is the appropriate time to promote someone to captain. While leading Punjab Kings, KL Rahul has demonstrated those instincts. When you appoint a captain, you should look to see if his major skill has improved. While captaining Punjab Kings, Rahul has demonstrated this. That is why it is hoped that with the added responsibility of leadership, his performance would improve even more,” he added.

In the second Test against South Africa, Rahul took over for Virat Kohli, becoming the 34th cricketer to captain India in the longest format. Due to Kohli’s absence due to an upper-back spasm, Rahul has been given the opportunity to lead India to their first-ever Test series victory in the Rainbow Republic.

The vice-captaincy hat has also been presented to Jasprit Bumrah, and Karim believes the pacer’s promotion is “deserving.” He also mentioned Rishabh Pant as a possible replacement for the job. “He is the captain of the bowling unit, but I believe his influence in the locker room is greater. He must have realised he is a member of a leadership group on his own. That is why he has been promoted, and it is a well-deserved one.

“Rishabh Pant, who has captaincy experience, was the other contender. But I believe Bumrah has the support of the selectors and team management “Karim went on to say.

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