KL Rahul
KL Rahul, who missed the New Zealand series, is elevated to the role of vice-captain after returning for South Africa Tests. Image Credit: ANI

Centurion: India opener KL Rahul has been named vice-captain for the three-test series against South Africa after Rohit Sharma was ruled out of the tour due to injury, the country’s cricket board (BCCI) said on Saturday.

The 29-year-old is returning to the Test side after missing the series win against New Zealand at home due to a muscle strain.

“The All-India Senior selection committee has named KL Rahul as vice-captain for the upcoming three-match Test series against South Africa. KL Rahul replaces Rohit Sharma as vice-captain, who was ruled out of the Test series owing to a hamstring injury,” the BCCI said in a statement.

Virat Kohli-led India take on South Africa in the first Test at Centurion from December 26.