Cricket News: Due to injury concerns, India’s white-ball captain Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the three-match Test series against South Africa. Priyank Panchal, the captain of the India A squad during the just-finished three-match series, has been named as his replacement, according to reports. This is a major setback for Team India, coming just days after the Hitman was named the Test team’s new vice-captain.
The Mumbai Indians player was injured during a practice session at Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex, where he had been preparing for the past week. It’s unclear whether Rohit will be fit in time for the One-Day Internationals.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has yet to issue an official statement, but one is expected soon. The Indian opener, who was also absent from the Indian squad for the two-Test matches against New Zealand, is certain to be absent for the Test matches, the first of which is due to begin on December 16.
In Tests, will Ravichandran Ashwin be selected vice-captain?
Given that Ajinkya Rahane’s spot in the XI is not certain following a spate of poor performances, it will be intriguing to see who is picked as the vice-captain for the Tests now. Ravichandran Ashwin may have been an option, but given that he was not selected for any of the Test matches earlier this year in England, is he on the team’s radar?
The fact that both Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel were injured further works in Ashwin’s favour, ensuring that he will almost certainly be selected for the Test matches. Cheteshwar Pujara, who was Rahane’s deputy in the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur, might be another alternative, although Pujara hasn’t lived up to expectations.
The Indian squad has never won a Test series in South Africa and will be looking to change that this time around with Virat Kohli in charge. However, an injury to Rohit Sharma, who has been one of their best batsmen across all forms in the build-up to this series, will be devastating.
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