Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Injured Jadeja, Axar out of SA tour; Rohit named ODI captain. Rohit will now be in charge of both the ODI and T20I teams.
Rohit will now be in charge of both the ODI and T20I teams.
Rohit Sharma has been named as India's full-time ODI and T20I captain by the Selection Committee, the BCCI announced on Wednesday (December 8) while revealing the squad for the Test series in South Africa. While Virat Kohli will continue to lead the Test side, Rohit has also been elevated as the vice-captain in the longest format.
Rohit recently led India in the T20I series against New Zealand at home immediately after the World Cup, following Kohli's decision to step down from the role. Kohli, however, had expressed his wish to continue leading the ODI side until the 2023 World Cup in India. He finishes his tenure with 51 wins from 78 ODIs as India's full-time captain, an impressive showing which included appearances in the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy and the semifinal of the 2019 World Cup, but an ICC title remained elusive.
Meanwhile, under-fire batter Ajinkya Rahane has managed to hold on to his spot in the Test squad. But he is expected to face stiff competition for a place in the playing XI with the selectors also picking Shreyas Iyer and Hanuma Vihari. While Iyer recently impressed on debut, Vihari has been amongst the runs for India A in South Africa.
India Test squad for SA: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed. Siraj.
Standby players – Navdeep Saini, Saurabh Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Arzan Nagwaswalla
However, India have been hampered in the spin department heading into the series with their two first-choice left-arm spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel getting ruled out due to injuries. As a result, offspinner Jayant Yadav, who played in Mumbai against New Zealand recently, has managed to hold onto his spot as the second spinner behind R Ashwin.
Pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, who were rested for the New Zealand series at home, return to the set-up again on expected lines.
India will also be without Shubman Gill, who has not been considered as a result of an injury. Suryakumar Yadav, who was in the Test squad for the last two assignments without getting a game, has been dropped. KS Bharat, who had filled in for the injured Wriddhiman Saha against New Zealand, has also been left out as India's first-choice keeper Rishabh Pant returns. KL Rahul, who was ruled out of the New Zealand Tests, is back alongside Shardul Thakur.
In order to provide ample cover for the pace attack, the selectors have also named three fast bowlers – Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar and Arzan Nagwaswalla – as standbys. Left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar also gets a look-in as the fourth standby player due to the injuries sustained by Jadeja and Axar. All four standby players are already in South Africa as part of the India A squad.
India's tour of South Africa has been pushed back by a week after both the boards mutually decided to start the series with the Boxing Day Test in Centurion. India will now open the tour at SuperSport Park on December 26 and will play two more Tests and three ODIs. The four-match T20I series has been scrapped with the boards announcing that it will be played at a later date.