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IND Vs SA 2022: Pant to lead India - KL Rahul injured Kuldeep Yadav out of South Africa

IND Vs RSA 2022: Pant to lead India: KL Rahul injured Kuldeep Yadav out of South Africa -Hardik Pandya, who recently captained the Gujarat Titans to IPL success, will be vice-captain. KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav - For more Update keep following 99runs


While Kuldeep was struck in the right hand while batting in the nets at Delhi's Arun Jaitley Stadium, where the opening game will be played on Thursday, Rahul, who was named captain in Rohit Sharma's absence, has a right groyne injury.



Pant to lead India: KL Rahul injured Kuldeep Yadav out of South Africa



In Rahul's absence, the team will be headed by Rishabh Pant, the designated vice-captain, and vice-captain Hardik Pandya, who recently guided the Gujarat Titans to the IPL 2022 title. Pant is captaining for the first time at the international level, but he has led the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League.



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He has led them in 30 games, with 17 victories and 13 defeats. Pant, who plays domestic cricket for Delhi, said, "It's a tremendous experience, especially getting an opportunity like this in your hometown."

"Nothing matters more than this; it didn't come at the ideal time, but I'm going to make the best of it and give it my all."



Pant to lead India: KL Rahul injured Kuldeep Yadav out of South Africa



"I believe [captaining in the IPL] will benefit me greatly because when you keep doing the same thing over time, you tend to progress."


I am a person who is constantly learning from my mistakes, which will help me in the future."

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan are set to open the innings for India in Rahul's absence.

The team management has options in the spin department in the form of Axar Patel and







Ravi Bishnoi to pair with Yuzvendra Chahal. The timing of Rahul's injury will be a source of concern for him and the team management, as the trip of England, which will begin with a one-off Test, is rapidly approaching.


Rahul is in the team for the Test, which will be held in Birmingham from July 1 to 5 as part of the World Test Championship.



Pant to lead India: KL Rahul injured Kuldeep Yadav out of South Africa



The Test is also part of the Pataudi Trophy, a five-match tournament that was cut short last year after the first four Tests because to a Covid-19 problem.


With 315 runs in eight innings, Rahul was India's second-highest run-scorer in those four Tests, trailing only Rohit Sharma's 368.



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The number of injuries Rahul has sustained in the last year would also worry the selectors.

Rahul was forced to miss the two-Test home series against New Zealand last November due to a left thigh issue.


Rahul was fit for the South Africa tour in December and January, but a left hamstring injury during the ODI series against the West Indies in February forced him to miss the T20s.



Pant to lead India: KL Rahul injured Kuldeep Yadav out of South Africa



The Test is also part of the Pataudi Trophy, a five-match tournament that was cut short last year after the first four Tests because of a Covid-19 problem.


With 315 runs in eight innings, Rahul was India's second-highest run-scorer in those four Tests, trailing only Rohit Sharma's 368.



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