Australia vs India: Team India’s regular opener and white ball vice-captain, Rohit Sharma has been appointed as the new vice-captain of the test side for the remaining two test matches against Australia. Sharma recently joined his remaining mates after successfully completing the 14 days mandatory quarantine at Sydney will take over the duties from Cheteshwar Pujara.
However, his Mumbai teammate Ajinkya Rahane will keep leading the side in absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli who is on paternity leave. After the embarrassing show in the second innings of the first game, Ajinkya Rahane led side made a massive turnaround and surprised everyone with a convincing win at Melbourne.
Rohit Sharma joins the team:
Rohit Sharma joined the rest of the team on Wednesday after completing his quarantine for the last two games.
Stand-in skipper Rahane also showed his excitement for Rohit Sharma’s comeback during the post-match show in the second match.
“We are excited about Rohit coming back. Spoke to him yesterday, he’s waiting to join the team,” Rahane had said.
The dashing opener will boost the team’s enthusiasm and can solve the opening crises of team India. The visitors have failed to put up a good opening stand against the Aussies and Rohit Sharma will be one option to try out for the management.
Sharma had picked up the groin injury during the IPL and since then he is undergoing rehab. The opener will be excited to set the stage on fire during the historic Sydney Test which will begin on January 07.
BCCI on Friday confirmed the news through its Twitter handle.
Before Natarajan, Shardul Thakur was added to the squad as Mohammad Shami’s replacement who sustained a hairline fracture in his bowling arm.
India squad for 3rd Test Match:
Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma (VC), Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Jasprit Bumrah, T Natarajan Navdeep Saini, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Md. Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur.