Rohit Sharma was Tuesday named Team India’s T20I captain ahead of New Zealand’s visit for a bilateral series, starting with the first of three T20Is on November 17 in Jaipur. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also appointed a group of 16 members for the series against the Blackcaps. India dropped out of the T20 World Cup after finishing third in Group 2 behind Pakistan and New Zealand. Before the show, Virat Kohli, who led the team across formats, said he would relinquish the T20I captaincy after the end of the T20 World Cup in the UAE, citing workload issues. India beat Namibia by nine wickets as T20 captain in Kohli’s last match on Tuesday.
With Kohli resting for the T20I series, Rohit will lead the team during the three matches, while KL Rahul has been named vice-captain.
“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has selected a group of 16 members for the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand. India will play 3 T20Is from 17 November 2021,” the BCCI said in a statement on Tuesday.
In the same light, fans took to Twitter to express their excitement over Rohit’s appointment as India’s T20I captain for the series against New Zealand.
Here are some of the reactions:
Let’s welcome our new captain !!
– Ritika Sajdeh (@ ImRitika45) 9 November 2021
Eventually, Rohit Sharma became the team’s India captain.
– HITMAN ROCKY (@ HITMANROCKY45_) 9 November 2021
Rohit Sharma fans after appointing Rohit Sharma as India’s T20I captain. pic.twitter.com/PQzdNTuZ94
– Ritik Agarwal (@ritik_pics) 9 November 2021
Captain: Rohit Sharma
Coach: Rahul Dravid
Ro-Hitman FC (@Rohit_FC_) 9 November 2021
– Neel (@Iam_neel) 8 November 2021
– Com_man ᴹᴵ (@ Common_man_99) 9 November 2021
– Avi: ‘((@ Avani_4321) 9 November 2021
Apart from three T20Is, India will also host New Zealand in two Tests in Kanpur and Mumbai. However, India’s squad for the two-match Test series has yet to be announced.
India’s group for T20I series against New Zealand T20I:
Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice-Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, R Ashwin, Ahvar Khan, Bhar , Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, Mohd. Siraj.
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