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‘Jitesh wasn’t the designated vice-captain…’: PBKS make clear why Sam Curran changed Shikhar Dhawan as captain in RR tie | Cricket

Punjab Kings confronted the wrath of followers on social media on Saturday afternoon after Sam Curran was promoted because the captain rather than injured Shikhar Dhawan within the IPL 2024 match in opposition to Rajasthan Royals on the Maharaja Yadavindra Singh Worldwide cricket Stadium, Mullanpur in Chandigarh, provided that the franchise had earlier introduced Jitesh Sharma as their vice captain. Nonetheless, PBKS head coach Sanjay Bangar issued a clarification on the franchise’s stance after they misplaced by three wickets at dwelling. PBKS reveal why Jitesh Sharma didn’t change Shikhar Dhawan as captain in RR tie On March 21, on the eve of the beginning of IPL 2024, Jitesh was formally introduced as the brand new PBKS vice-captain after IPL posted the images from the captain’s shoot, the place the 30-year-old represented the Punjab franchise rather than absent Dhawan. Unlock unique entry to the story of India’s normal elections, solely on the HT App. Obtain Now! With the common captain out with a niggle within the match in opposition to Rajasthan, Jitesh was anticipated to step up because the captain, however it was Curran who was promoted to the position whereas the wicketkeeper-batter retained his position as a deputy. The choice left veterans and specialists confused whereas followers lashed out at PBKS on social media. Nonetheless, within the post-match convention, Bangar revealed that Jitesh was by no means a “designated vice-captain” for Punjab and that he was solely despatched to the IPL captain’s shoot as a participant, provided that the IPL directive talked about that any cricketer will be despatched to symbolize a franchise on the captain’s seminar earlier than the beginning of the season. Bangar additional clarified that Curran was initially anticipated to symbolize PBKS in that pre-season occasion in Chennai final month, however missed owing to his late arrival from the UK. “Jitesh wasn’t the designated vice-captain. The impression could have been because he attended the captain’s seminar or meeting at the start of the tournament. But the thought was always that since Sam had led the team last year as well, he was late to arrive from the UK and wanted to have a few sessions, which is why we couldn’t send him to Chennai for the inauguration of the season. Hence, Jitesh was sent because the directive from an IPL member was that a player must attend, but it was never in mind that he would be the vice-captain. But we were very clear in our minds that of at all there would be an opening it would be Sam to lead the team,” he stated. PBKS incurred their fourth loss in IPL 2024 on Saturday after they did not defend 148 at dwelling. They at present stand eighth within the factors desk whereas Rajasthan stay on the prime of the desk, with 5 wins in six matches.

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