India vs South Africa: KL Rahul third player to lead India in ODIs without captaincy in List A cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

PAARL (South Africa): In-form batter KL Rahul, who is leading India in the ongoing first ODI against South Africa, has become only the third player to lead his country in 50 overs game without having captained in ‘List A’ cricket previously.
The other two India players, who achieved this rare feat are wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani and flamboyant opener Virender Sehwag.
Rahul was handed the captaincy for the three-match ODI series after newly-appointed skipper Rohit Sharma wasn’t fit for the series and the selectors had decided to move on from Virat Kohli, after he had resigned as the T20 captain.
KL Rahul, who hails from Karnataka, is also captaining India for the first time in his 39th ODI and the last time a player led the country before playing 50 ODIs was Mohinder Amarnath in October 1984.
It was ‘Jimmy’ Amarnath’s 35 ODI, when he captained the side.
South Africa decided to bat first in the ongoing game, with Madhya Pradesh all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer making his ODI debut.

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