KL Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav ruled out of South Africa series, Pant to captain team
- Indian skipper KL Rahul has been ruled out of the South Africa series due to an injury
- Rishabh Pant will lead the side
- Hardik Pandya has been named the vice-captain
Wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant will be leading India in the five-match T20 International series against South Africa after KL Rahul was ruled out owing to a right groin injury, BCCI announced on Wednesday. Kuldeep Yadav will also be missing out on the T20I series.
"KL Rahul has been ruled out of the T20I series against South Africa owing to a right groin injury while Kuldeep Yadav will miss out in the T20I series after getting hit on his right hand while batting in the nets last evening," BCCI tweeted.
Hardik Pandya has been named the vice-captain for the home series, which begins at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on June 9.
The second match will be played at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, while the third game will be played at Vishakapatnam on June 14. Rajkot will host the fourth T20I game on June 17. The series decider will played in Bengaluru on June 19.
IND vs SA T20I Schedule
1st T20I- June, 9 – Delhi
2nd T20- June 12 – Cuttack
3rd T20I- June 14 – Visakhapatnam
4th T20I- June 17 – Rajkot
5th T20I- June 19-Bengaluru
India: Rishabh Pant (Captain)(wk), Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik
South Africa: Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Rassie van der Dussen, Marco Jansen.