India ODI Captain
Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma ruled out of South Africa test Series: Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series against South Africa which kickstarts in late December of this year. The team is scheduled to leave for South Africa on December 16 where the Test series starts on December 26.

Rohit Sharma ruled out of South Africa test Series

It has come to light that Rohit, who was practising at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai for the last one week, suffered an injury during those practice sessions.

It is still not clear if he will be available for the three-match ODI series, for which he was named captain but it can be confirmed that the injury is quite serious in nature.

Rohit complained of discomfort to the support staff at the practice session itself on Sunday when he spoke about the limited-overs captaincy in an interview to bcci.tv. Understandably, tests were done on Monday by the physios when the serious nature of the injury came to light.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

Rohit did not check into the Mumbai hotel where the members of the South Africa-bound squad are undergoing quarantine.

Sources have said that the BCCI has relaxed the bio-security protocols for those who are to travel with their families and are those staying in Mumbai. They have been advised of home quarantine. Same way Virat Kohli has also not checked into the hotel.

During the interview, Rohit subtly spoke about the comments made about the change of ODI captaincy, “When you are playing cricket for India, it’s gonna be always high pressure. The pressure is always gonna be there; a lot of people talking about the positives and negatives but for me personally as a cricketer, not as a captain as a cricketer, for me, it’s important to focus on my job and not to focus on what people are talking about because you can’t control that.”

Rohit Sharma Replacement for SA Test Series

Priyank Panchal, who led India A during the just-concluded three-match series, has been named as the replacement player for Rohit Sharma. There is no immediate decision on who will be the vice-captain.

Panchal, the opening batter from Gujarat, scored 120 runs for India A at an average of 40 in three innings with a high score of 96. He has featured in 100 first-class matches and has scored 7011 runs at an average of 45.52 and has got 24 centuries to his name.

Priyank Panchal
Priyank Panchal