Ravi Shastri: I was confident of appointing him as the vice-captain

In the second Test in Delhi, Team India easily defeated the visiting Australian team to win the Border Gavaskar Trophy for the fourth time in a row. But, since the end of the second Test, attention has focused on Indian opener KL Rahul’s slump with the bat. Ravi Shastri, a former Indian head coach, is opposed to the selection of a vice-captain for home games.

KL Rahul’s lacklustre performance with the bat during the current Test series against Australia has raised questions over his position in the lineup, while Shubman Gill is eagerly awaiting his turn on the bench. For the third and fourth Tests, the team management fired Rahul from his position as vice-captain, which led India tochoose a new assistant for Rohit Sharma, the captain.

Ravi Shastri, a former head coach, has advised against the Indian team selecting a vice-captain when playing at home. The club should instead look for a player to lead the side when the captain must leave the playing field, according to him, because designating a deputy to the captain can lead to needless issues.

Team leadership will make the choice (the vice-captain). They are familiar with Rahul’s physique and state of mind. They are aware of the proper way to observe someone like Shubman Gill. I personally have always held the opinion that India should never name a vice captain. If the captain needs to leave the field, I would want to use my best XI, and you would score.Just because you don’t want to make issues, you should focus on a guy who can take over at that moment, Shastri stated on the ICC Review podcast.

Shastri went on to say that having the vice-captain title makes it harder to fire a player who isn’t doing well, which was essentially the case with Rahul, who is currently keeping Gill off the team. In the Indore Test, the struggling Indian batting ace is probably going to bat after the youthful Indian opener.

Someone else can step in if vice-captain doesn’t perform, thus at least the tag is removed. I’m being brutally honest here, but vice-captain is never my favourite when we’re at home. It’s different abroad. You want someone in top shape, like Shubman Gill, who is scorching hot, here.He’ll argue against. He must break down that door and enter the side. He is no longer the vice captain, hence the choice must be made by the team management, Shastri continued.

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