Team India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been named captain of the Indian team for the two-match T20I series against Ireland, which will be played in Dublin on June 26 and 28. Pandya has been rewarded for a magnificent IPL 2022 season during which he led debutant franchise Gujarat Titans (GT) to title triumph. The 28-year-old led from the front, scoring 487 runs and claiming eight wickets.
Indian captain KL Rahul admitted after India’s 0-3 defeat at the hands of South Africa in the one-day series that the visitors were not good enough and went wrong in both the batting and bowling department. The hosts defeated the Men in Blue by four runs in the final ODI. Deepak Chahar played a brilliant knock of 54 in 34 balls to give India hope. However, in the end, he failed to take India over the line. Before the one-dayers, India conceded the Test series 1-2 despite taking the lead.
Team India’s stand-in captain KL Rahul has admitted that they have a lot of work to do in the middle overs in both the batting and the bowling department. India’s middle-order stumbled for a second game in a row while the bowlers also flopped, failing to defend a target of 288. India batted first and put up 287 for 6 as Rishabh Pant top-scored with 85 while Rahul himself contributed 55.
Team India captain KL Rahul has stated that they conceded 20 runs extra with the ball and did not put together enough partnerships in the 1st ODI against South Africa in Paarl. India were poor in the field, conceding a lot of free runs through misfields. When it was their turn to bat, they crumbled from 138 for 1 to 199 for 7. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli scored fifties but could not take India past the finish line.
Senior India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin feels that stand-in captain KL Rahul has figured out a formula to succeed in Test cricket. Rahul has been India’s most competent batter during the ongoing Test series in South Africa. The opener registered scores of 123 and 23 in India’s maiden Test win in Centurion. He also top-scored for the visitors with 50 in the first innings of the second Test at The Wanderers.
Centurion Test player of the match KL Rahul stated that his hundred in the opening Test of the series against South Africa was right up there with his best. Rahul scored 123 in the first innings as India won the Centurion Test by 113 runs on Day 5. The Indian opener was the only batter to reach three figures from either side. Batting first after winning the toss on Day 1, Rahul and Mayank Agarwal (60) featured in a century opening stand to get India off to a great start. Mohammed Shami then claimed five wickets in South Africa’s first innings to put the visitors in command.
Team India’s stand-in captain for the first Test, Ajinkya Rahane has admitted that KL Rahul being ruled out of the Test series against New Zealand due to injury has been a big blow. He, however, expressed confidence the youngsters in the team will rise to the occasion. Apart from Rahul, Virat Kohli has been rested for the first Test while Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant will miss both the Tests.
Team India’s new T20 vice-captain KL Rahul has stated that he is excited to work with Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid as the team looks to rebuild after a disastrous T20 World Cup campaign. Rohit has been named the new leader of the T20 team while Dravid has taken over from Ravi Shastri as head coach.
Team India opener KL Rahul, who became the latest to score a hundred at the hallowed Lord’s surface, stated that while he was pleased with the effort, for him every Test century is special. Rahul scored 129 off 150 balls, holding the Indian innings together under tough conditions.