KL Rahul, who was set to captain India in the forthcoming five-match T20I series against South Africa, has been ruled out due to injury, according to the BCCI. Kuldeep Yadav, a left-arm wrist-spinner, has also been ruled out of the series due to injury. Rishabh Pant, the wicketkeeper-batsman, will now lead India in the series. Hardik Pandya has been named vice-captain of the team.

For the home series against South Africa, the All-India Senior Selection Committee has picked wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant as captain and Hardik Pandya as vice-captain

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After more than two months of IPL cricket, India’s Designated captain Rohit Sharma, former captain Virat Kohli, and elite paceman Jasprit Bumrah are among a group of quality players who have been rested for this series.

“KL Rahul, Team India’s captain, has been ruled out of the T20I series against South Africa due to a right groin injury, while Kuldeep Yadav has been ruled out after being struck on the right hand while batting in the nets yesterday evening.

For the home series against South Africa, the All-India Senior Selection Committee has picked wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant as captain and Hardik Pandya as vice-captain. KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav’s replacements are yet to be picked by the selection committee. Both cricketers will now go to the NCA, where the medical staff will further analyze them and determine their treatment options “In a press statement, BCCI informed.