India vs South Africa: Aiden Markram appointed stand-in Proteas captain
Having suffered an enormous setback as a result of common skipper Faf du Plessis’ damage, the Cricket South Africa named 23-year-old batsman Aiden Markram as skipper for the rest of the five-match ODI sequence in opposition to India.
Du Plessis fractured his proper index finger throughout the first ODI in Durban that India gained by six wicket regardless of his century.
Markram has solely featured in two ODIs up to now, making his debut in opposition to Bangladesh in October 2017. He has additionally performed 6 Tests.
He led South Africa to Under-19 World Cup triumph in 2014 and has been broadly considered a future captain. However, Du Plessis’ unlucky damage prompted selectors to fast-track Markram to the hot-seat.
“It wasn’t a hard decision. Rather, it was an easy decision. If AB de Villiers was around, and other senior players as well, we would have probably looked at different options,” mentioned Linda Zondi, convenor and head of the Cricket South Africa choice panel.
“But at the moment, with both our former captains not around, it was an ideal opportunity for us that here is Markram, let’s see what he can offer. We are confident. He wants to do it as well. It just gives us an opportunity to open it up and see what he can offer,” Zondi added.
“We are aware that Markram is new to our set-up. Part of our Vision 2019 plan is to build a pool of leaders within the set-up. I think Markram has always been in our plans since he was Under-19 captain, leading up to South Africa A, and now joining the Proteas,” the convenor additional added.
He admitted that Markram might be underneath a whole lot of stress.
“It has been a journey. Yes there will be pressure in terms of understanding his role and also being able to perform as a player. For us, we want to see if he can handle pressure because part of leadership is to be able to adjust and perform under pressure. We hope he has the right skill and the right capability to do so,” he added.
There has been no announcement on the captain for the following three T20Is sequence although. Du Plessis is dominated out for that contest as effectively.
“At the moment, we don’t want to make any commitment. I think our primary focus for now is this ODI series. We do have a captain in Faf. Markram is going to be stand-in captain for the remaining ODIs,” Zondi concluded.