India vs Zimbabwe: Acid Test for interim skipper Ajinkya Rahane

Second string Indian team is all set to play a short series in Zimbabwe under interim skipper Ajinkya Rahane.

By Chaitan Papnai | Last Updated: Jul 06, 2015, 20:21 PM IST
India vs Zimbabwe: Acid Test for interim skipper Ajinkya Rahane

New Delhi: Second string Indian team is all set to play a short series in Zimbabwe under interim skipper Ajinkya Rahane.

It would for the first time that Rahane, who has little experience of captaining even a first-class team, will be leading a national team.

One thing that might give the 27-year-old a tough time in the middle would be leading the side while keeping the new limited-over rules in mind.

International Cricket Council (ICC) has made few changes in the rules to make the contest more exciting between bat and ball. According to the latest amendments, bowlers will certainly get some relief.

But adapting to the new rules quickly and making on-field strategies accordingly would be a task for the skipper.

Along with that, another challenge he might face as captain would be which wicketkeeper to play since the regular ones have been rested.

There is no regular wicketkeeper in the team for the tour. MS Dhoni has been rested for the tour, whereas, Wriddhiman Saha (Test wicketkeeper), Naman Ojha and Sanju Samson have been left out.

However, there are three batsmen in the squad who can keep the wickets – Robin Uthappa, Kedar Jadav and Ambati Rayudu.

But it's going to be a tough and tactical call for the new skipper to pick one out of the three.

Indian team is scheduled to play three ODIs and two T20s against Zimbabwe, starting from July 10.