Mumbai : Lokesh Rahul will be the vice-captain of Indian Team in the Test series against South Africa

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Mumbai : Indian Opener Lokesh Rahul will take over as the vice-captain of the Indian team for the three-Test series against South Africa starting December 26.

BCCI sources confirmed this on Saturday. Rohit Sharma was named Virat Kohli’s successor for the series, but was ruled out of the Test series due to a hamstring strain. Rahul has played 40 Tests so far. The 29-year-old has scored 2321 runs in this format at an average of 35.16 with the help of 6 centuries. Rahul is being seen as the future Indian captain. A senior BCCI official confirmed this and said, “KL Rahul is going to be the vice-captain for the 3-Test series.” Rohit, who was named vice-captain for the Test series in place of Ajinkya Rahane, suffered a strain in his left leg during a net session in Mumbai ahead of the tour. It will take them at least three to four weeks to recover from this. It would have been difficult for the selectors to give this responsibility to Rahane again, as his place in the playing XI is not confirmed.

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With this it is too early for Rishabh Pant to be promoted as the vice-captain of the national team. Rahul is currently one of the few specialist batsmen who play in all formats. Rahul’s age and experience also go in his favor, who can take over the reins of the team for a long time after Kohli. It is also expected that Rahul will be appointed as the vice-captain in the limited overs format in the coming days. His name is also being discussed for the captain of the new franchise of Indian Premier League in Lucknow.

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