South Africa-India Test Series: Rohit Sharma out with injury, BCCI names replacement

Rohit Sharma is back to take charge of Team India in all three formats
Rohit Sharma is back to take charge of Team India in all three formats.

Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the three-match Test series in South Africa. The first Test is scheduled to start on the Boxing Day at the Super Sports Pak, Centurion.

Rohit was elevated as the vice-captain of the Test team, replacing out of form Ajinkya Rahane even as the latter has been retained in the squad.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Monday confirmed that Team India Test vice-captain Rohit has sustained a left hamstring injury during his training session in Mumbai on Sunday.

Rohit has been ruled out of the upcoming 3-match Test series against South Africa, the BCCI stated in a Press note. Priyank Panchal has been named to replace Rohit in the Test squad. The BCCI, however, did not name a vice-captain for the tour.

Squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Priyank Panchal, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Mohd Siraj.

Rohit has been advised a three-week rest. He is expected to join the touring party in the South Africa for the One Day International series scheduled to start after the third Test, slated from January 11 to 15, 2022, in Newlands, Cape Town.

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The BCCI while announcing the Test squad last week had also announced to give the ODI captaincy to Rohit, who had been Virat Kohli’s deputy in White Ball cricket for a long time. BCCI had also faced flak for unceremoniously removing Kohli, who had while quitting the T20I captaincy after the World Cup in the UAE had maintained a silence over leading the ODI side.

It was believed that Kohli, who despite an enviable captaincy record has not been able to win an ICC trophy, wanted to lead Team India in the ICC World Cup at home later this year. However, the BCCI had dethroned him and named Rohit to lead the Blue Brigade in both the White Ball formats.

South Africa vs India, 2021/22 – Test series

S.No. Date Match Venue
1 2630 Dec, 2021 1st Test SuperSport Park, Centurion
2 3–7 Jan, 2022 2nd Test Wanderers, Johannesburg
3  11–15 Jan, 2022 3rd Test Newlands, Cape Town


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