“Ab yahi dekhna baaki rah gaya tha”- Twitter reacts as BCCI makes Cheteshwar Pujara the new vice-captain for 1st Test match vs Bangladesh


“Ab yahi dekhna baaki rah gaya tha”- Twitter reacts as BCCI makes Cheteshwar Pujara the new vice-captain for 1st Test match vs Bangladesh

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India have surprisingly appointed Cheteshwar Pujara as the new vice-captain for the first Test against Bangladesh. As regular skipper Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the first Test due to a thumb injury he suffered during India’s 2nd ODI against Bangladesh, KL Rahul will lead the 1st Test and Pujara will be his deputy.

“India captain Rohit Sharma met with a specialist in Mumbai for his left thumb injury, which he sustained during the 2nd ODI against Bangladesh. He has been advised appropriate management for this injury and will not be available for the first Test against Bangladesh,” the BCCI issued in a statement.

The BCCI Medical Team will take a call on his availability for the second and final Test at a later stage. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Abhimanyu Easwaran as his replacement for the first Test,” the statement further read.

Rishabh Pant, who assisted Jasprit Bumrah in a Test match against England has been ignored for the deputy role. Pujara has played 96 matches, but he was never a choice for the leadership role so this news came as a surprise.

He was the vice-captain when Ajinkya Rahane led the 2nd Border-Gavaskar Trophy match in 2020/21, but soon Rohit joined the team for the last two matches. He was also the deputy in the Kanpur Test against New Zealand in November 2021. Since his comeback, the veteran has played only one Test match.

Both Pujara and Rahane were dropped from the Test squad against Sri Lanka and Bumrah was made the deputy of Rohit. Pujara came back for the rescheduled fifth Test against England in Birmingham in July.

The first Test will be played from December 14-18 in Chittogram while the second is slated to take place from December 22 to 26 in Dhaka. India lost the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh by 2-1.

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