Saba Karim surprised by BCCI decision to make Bumrah vice-captain of ODI side in SA

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Former India wicketkeeper-batter Syed Saba Karim is surprised with the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) decision to make pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah the vice-captain of the team for the three-match One-day International series against South Africa.

Mumbai: Former India wicketkeeper-batter Syed Saba Karim is surprised with the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) decision to make pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah the vice-captain of the team for the three-match One-day International series against South Africa.

The BCCI recently announced the India squad for the ODI series against the Proteas, naming KL Rahul as the skipper of the 18-member side, with newly-appointed skipper Rohit Sharma unavailable due to injury. Rahul, who is currently the vice-captain of the Test team in South Africa, will lead the ODI team in absence of Rohit, while Bumrah will be his deputy.

Before the announcement, there was speculation that if Rohit is ruled out, either wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant or Shreyas Iyer could get the vice-captain's job because of their IPL captaincy stints. But the Chetan Sharma-led selection panel chose Bumrah.

Bumrah has reportedly been rewarded for his consistency in all three formats of the game over the years.

"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 three formats. 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 national selector Saba Karim told India News on Sunday.

Saba Karim, while stating that Bumrah was talented, added that the bowler had no captaincy experience at the top level.

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