Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma named India Test captain, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara dropped from Sri Lanka series

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday announced that Rohit Sharma will take over from Virat Kohli as the captain of India’s Test team as well. Rohit was appointed as a full-time T20I and ODI skipper. The BCCI also announced India’s squad for the two-Test series against Sri Lanka.

Rohit’s credentials as a skipper are second to none in white-ball cricket. Rohit was appointed as the vice-captain of the Test team in December 2021 after Ajnkya Rahane was sacked as captain due to poor form last year. However, Rohit was not able to travel to South Africa due to a hamstring injury.

The selection committee thought a lot before taking the decision. We have spoken to them earlier. We told them we will not consider them for 2 Test matches for Sri Lanka. We told them the doors are absolutely open for them. In just 2 Test matches, selectors decided to give chances to other cricketers. They are playing Ranji Trophy.

Questions are being asked of Rohit’s fitness as the star opener had missed several high-profile series in the recent past due to injury concerns. With a T20 World Cup and 50-over World Cup coming in 2022 and 2023, respectively, Rohit needs to be at his fittest best to lead the team in white-ball formats.

India’s Test squad for SL series: Rohit Sharma (C), Mayank Agarwal, Priyank Panchal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, KS Bharat, Ashwin (fitness), Ravi Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Kuldeep, Bumrah (VC), Shami, Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Sourabh Kumar.

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