In the advisory issued by the BCCI, it has been clearly stated that due to a left injury (hamstring), Rohit Sharma will not be able to play in the upcoming three-Test tour of South Africa. The Rohit Sharma injury took place during a training session in Mumbai. He got included in the squad of 18 with the opener Priyank Panchal.
As expected, there was a mixed reaction everywhere. The newly appointed captain was heavily criticized on Twitter.
According to media reports, the selectors apparently have two strong contenders to choose between for the Test vice-captainship; it’s still a question to whether to promote KL Rahul or to go with Rahane for this series. In the limited over’s cricket, Rahul has already been entitled as Rohit’s deputy confirming the clear series plan ahead.
The matter is a bit trickier in the longest format. Rahul returned to the Test team after a gap of two years during the tour of England earlier this year. And though he scored a fifty and a century in tough conditions, he is yet to cement his place in Test cricket. The upcoming tour of South Africa will be a big challenge for him. Rahane was Kohli‘s long-time deputy, as well as being extremely successful as a stand-in captain; a lousy team was their glorious glory with a series win in Australia last season. But after the decline in long form, this middle-order batsman is going strong.
In a statement released by a BCCI official, they said:
“The removal of Rahane as vice-captain is a clear warning sign for them. As a senior member in the team, he needs to contribute more,”
The appearance of Shreyas Iyer all of a sudden has given the cricket team management a solid point for the middle-order option and if the right handed batsman gets his vice-captaincy, he may find it difficult to drop from the playing XI.
However, with Rohit back, the unexpected twist will see India missing its outstanding Test batsman this year where a tournament series win is yet to be achieved. The right handed batsmen since past 12 months have scored 906 runs in total 11 Tests with the average of 47.68, counting two centuries. It will also force the team to change its opening combination, a change from the Rohit-KL Rahul pairing that synced up well during India’s tour of England. Shubman Gill has also not been included in the squad, owing to a calf injury, with India’s opening options limited to Mayank Agarwal and Panchal along with Rahul.
The whole story of Rohit Sharma’s injury has made one thing clear, and that is the BCCI’s lack of effectiveness. The sluggish mood of the BCCI and the defeat in the second ODI against Australia is a big reason for this. In a recent statement, the former captain said,
“he didn’t know why the board was taking so long to take a decision”.
On the other hand, Pujara, Rahane, Umesh Yadav and other well-known faces of the Indian Test team are engaged in practice for the upcoming series. His performance is giving hope to the Indian fans.
The All-India Senior selection committee has named KL Rahul as vice-captain for the upcoming 3-match Test series against South Africa. KL Rahul replaces Rohit Sharma as vice-captain, who was ruled out of the Test series owing to a hamstring injury.
When will Rohit Sharma recover from his injury?
Rohit’s anticipated recovery time is between three to four weeks and will join the ODI team on the tour where he’ll start his journey as Team India’s new ODI captain.