Former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt feels KL Rahul could play MS Dhoni’s like role in the upcoming ODI series in South Africa. With no Hardik Pandya in the team, the visitors are short on players who can play the finisher’s role against the Proteas.

KL Rahul will lead the side in Rohit Sharma’s absence. Jasprit Bumrah has been appointed as his deputy for a time being. Butt has suggested that Rahul can push himself down the batting order if he feels the need of a finisher in the Playing XI.

“Let’s see if he takes this call as he has a responsibility of captaincy. If Rahul realises that a finisher is needed, he will come down in the batting order,” he said.

Butt further added that the management might try youngsters in new roles considering future tournaments. India will take on South Africa ina three-match series.

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