Rohit Sharma, who spent his second consecutive day coaching on the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday as the remainder of the Indian workforce unwound, has been picked as vice-captain of the Indian workforce for the final two Tests.
In a press release that introduced T Natarajan and Shardul Thakur as replacements for Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) additionally named Rohit as Ajinkya Rahane‘s deputy.
Rahane is the stand-in captain rather than common skipper Virat Kohli who has returned to attend the delivery of his youngster.
Rohit, who has not performed any aggressive cricket since main Mumbai Indians to title victory within the Indian Premier League (IPL) in early November, had arrived in Australia in mid-December and had been below quarantine for the previous two weeks in Sydney. He had been recuperating in India from a hamstring damage sustained through the IPL.
He landed in Melbourne from Sydney on Wednesday to hitch the workforce and had two days of observe on Thursday and Friday at the same time as the remainder of the Indian workforce relaxed following its victory over Australia within the Boxing Day Test which ended on the fourth day of the Test, i.e. December 29.
Rohit has not performed a Test match since November final yr when he featured in India’s first pink-ball Test, in opposition to Bangladesh. He had received completely slotted on the high of the batting order however damage pressured him to overlook the two-Test sequence in opposition to New Zealand the place Prithvi Shaw opened.
Rohit may now open with Shubman Gill within the third Test rather than out-of-form Mayank Agarwal though Ravi Shastri had stated this week that they’ll discuss to him and see if he’s match sufficient.
“We may have a chat with him to see the place he’s positioned bodily as a result of he has been quarantined for a few weeks. We must see now how he feels earlier than we take the decision,” Shastri had instructed media after the second Test which India received.
The Indian workforce administration has been unaware of his progress and common skipper Virat Kohli instructed media on November 26, forward of the ODI sequence, that he had not been saved abreast with batsman’s progress.
India squad for the final two Tests: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Thangarasu Natarajan.