Former Indian cricketer Saba Karim has said that it is surprising to see Jasprit Bumrah being appointed as ODI vice-captain of the Indian team ahead of the wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant.
Rohit Sharma was set to lead the Indian team in the upcoming ODI series against South Africa, however, he suffered an injury and was ruled out of the series. So the BCCI selectors appointed KL Rahul as the new skipper and Bumrah as his deputy for the South Africa ODIs.
During a discussion on India News, Saba Karim was asked for his views on Jasprit Bumrah’s appointment as vice-captain to which he replied by saying that he was “not expecting” it. He said:
“I was extremely surprised, I was not expecting Jasprit Bumrah to be made the vice-captain. I was hoping that Rishabh Pant had more chances to be made the vice-captain because he is also a multi-format player, he plays all the three formats.”
Karim feels that Pant has done a good job for the Delhi Capitals (DC) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He stated:
“His [Pant’s] performances as captain of the Delhi Capitals have been very good. We are seeing how he reads the match, he has a lot of game awareness.”
Former Indian cricketer highlighted that Bumrah doesn’t have the experience of leading the team. He said:
“Jasprit Bumrah has the talent, his role is very important for the Indian team but he has not captained anywhere till now. So it is slightly surprising. I was feeling that Rishabh Pant was the first candidate as vice-captain.”
Fast Bowlers Read The Game Very Well And The Big Reason For Jasprit Bumrah Being Made The Vice-captain – Reetinder Sodhi
Meanwhile, Former cricketer Reetinder Sodhi, said that Bumrah is a captaincy material and fast bowlers cant be captains is a ” huge myth”. He asserted:
“I have said earlier as well that Jasprit Bumrah is captaincy material. It is a huge myth that fast bowlers cannot be captains. Fast bowlers read the game very well and the big reason for Jasprit Bumrah being made the vice-captain is that he is a performer across the formats.”
The former India all-rounder highlighted that during Pat Cummins’ appointment as a red-ball skipper a lot of people criticised Australia’s decision but now Australia have won the Ashes in a dominating manner. He stated:
“We can take a leaf out of the book of the Australians. Pat Cummins was made the captain, there was a lot of criticism but Australia is 3-0 ahead in the Ashes and Pat Cummins has given a terrific performance. Jasprit Bumrah being made the vice-captain is a signal that he can captain the country in the coming days.”
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