Today, many fans left surprised as Hardik Pandya walked out for the toss instead of Rohit Sharma. A few days ago, BCCI had announced the ODI squad in which Rohit was named skipper. So, why is Rohit Sharma not playing the 1st IND vs AUS ODI match at Wankhede Cricket Stadium? And why Hardik Pandya is the captain of India today? In this space, you will know the reason behind the current Indian skipper’s unavailability.
Why is Rohit Sharma not Playing Today?
Tell you that, Rohit is not injured but he has taken a one-match leave from the BCCI due to personal reasons. The Mumbai-born cricketer has to attend his brother-in-law Kunal Sajdeh’s marriage which is the reason why Rohit Sharma is not playing the 1st ODI match today.
Kunal is the brother of the Indian skipper’s wife Ritika Sajdeh. His marriage is taking place in Mumbai on March 16 and 17. The 35-year-old cricketer along with his family joined the wedding ceremony yesterday and the cricketer’s pics on the occasion are taking a round of the internet. A video of Rohit Sharma and his wife dancing during the marriage has also gone viral.
Rohit Sharma's dance at his brother-in-law's marriage. pic.twitter.com/TTqalgeQH2
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) March 17, 2023
Why Hardik Pandya is Captain Today?
Rohit Sharma will join the team India on March 18 and will be back to lead the side in Vizag ODI on March 19. In this absence, Hardik Pandya is leading team India for the first time in ODIs. Meanwhile, KL Rahul is also part of the Indian team and fans are asking why is Hardik Pandya the stand-in captain today.
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So, remind you that BCCI has removed KL Rahul from the vice-captain duties due to his underperformance. Now, Hardik Pandya has taken over the role of ODI VC and selectors are also looking at him as the next skipper after 2023 World Cup.