Saturday, June 25, 2022

IND vs SL Series: It’s OFFICIAL! Rohit Sharma becomes India’s 35th TEST Captain, replaces Virat Kohli

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IND vs SL Series – India’s New Test Captain: As reported by InsideSport, Chairman of the selection committee Chetan Sharma ended all speculations regarding Test captaincy, announcing Rohit Sharma as the NEW TEST CAPTAIN. He was elevated to the role after Virat Kohli stepped down from Test captaincy following South Africa series. Follow Indian Cricket LIVE Updates & INDIA vs SRI LANKA Series LIVE with InsideSport.IN

“There was no discussion regarding other options. We were absolutely clear on Rohit Sharma. There is no problem with Rohit. It will be very important to have him fit. We will be in discussion with him regarding that. We have to groom a captain under him. Rohit will be the permanent captain. But we will be rotating the squad depending on the series,” Chetan Sharma said at a virtual press conference on Saturday.  

IND vs SL Series: It’s OFFICIAL! Rohit Sharma becomes India’s 35th TEST Captain, replaces Virat Kohli

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“As far as Rohit Sharma is concerned, he is the number one cricketer of our country, he is playing all three formats of the game. The important thing is how we manage Rohit, cricketers manage their bodies. From time to time we will be in discussion with Rohit. If such a big cricketer is leading the country, we as selection committee want to groom further captains, and grooming them under Rohit will be tremendous,” said Chetan Sharma.

While Rohit’s age could be a factor, Chetan Sharma said as long as he stays fit and, age will not be a bar. 

IND vs SL Series: It’s OFFICIAL! Rohit Sharma becomes India’s 35th TEST Captain, replaces Virat Kohli

“It is hard to predict what problems can arise in the future, Rohit is fit and fine right now. We will give rest to every cricketer of ours, we want to give them proper rest. A body requires rest, we will see how things pan out and we will decide how will be getting the rest,” he added.

The other big news was Jasprit Bumrah’s elevation to Test vice-captaincy despite Rishabh Pant’s presence in Test. With KL Rahul unavailable due to injury, Jasprit Bumrah will be the vice-captain for the three-match T20 series and two-match Test series against Sri Lanka. 

“This series, Jasprit Bumrah will be vice-captain. We are keeping KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant under Rohit to be groomed for a leadership role in the future,” Chetan Sharma said. 

Chetan Sharma addresses Press Conference:

  • Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant have been rested for the 3rd T20
  • Both will be rested for the T20 series against Sri Lanka
  • Shardul Thakur has been rested for the entire Sri Lanka series
  • Axar Patel is in rehab, hopeful he will be fit by 2nd Test

IND vs SL Series: It’s OFFICIAL! Rohit Sharma becomes India’s 35th TEST Captain, replaces Virat Kohli

India T20I squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Sanju Samson (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav, Avesh Khan. 

Test: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Mayank, Priyank Panchal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, KS Bharat, R Ashwin (subject to fitness), R Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Bumrah (VC), Shami, Siraj, Umesh, Saurabh Kumar.

On Saurabh Kumar:

He is doing very well. He is a left-arm spinner from UP and it will be good for India to have him. He has been with Team India as net bowler.

IND vs SL Series: It’s OFFICIAL! Rohit Sharma becomes India’s 35th TEST Captain, replaces Virat Kohli

On Rohit Sharma

There is no problem with Rohit. It will be very important to have him fit. We will be in discussion with him regarding that. We have to groom a captain under him. Rohit will be the permanent captain. But we will be rotating the squad depending on the series. 

There was no discussion regarding other options. We were absolutely clear on Rohit Sharma. 

Pujara and Rahane

We have deliberated a lot on them. We decided not to consider them for the SL series. We asked them to play Ranji. For these two matches, we decided to give chance to others. They can still make a comeback. Ajinkya got a hundred in the Ranji match. It is a bad phase. It is very important for the selectors to manage them. 

IND vs SL Series: It’s OFFICIAL! Rohit Sharma becomes India’s 35th TEST Captain, replaces Virat Kohli

On Sanju Samson

We have Sanju Samson in the scheme of things considering the wickets in Australia. 

On Kuldeep

He brings in a lot of variation.

On Jadeja’s fitness

Jadeja is absolutely fit. We do miss him a lot. 

On Hardik Pandya:

Definitely, Hardik was an important part of the team. But until and unless he is 100% fit and bowling, we will not consider him. We asked him to play Ranji. It is up to the state team and him. 

IND vs SL Series: It's OFFICIAL! Rohit Sharma becomes India's 35th TEST Captain, replaces Virat Kohli

IND vs SL Series: It’s OFFICIAL! Rohit Sharma becomes India’s 35th TEST Captain, replaces Virat Kohli

Ishant Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha

We have informed them that Ishant and Wriddhi will not be considered for the two-match Test series against SL. But the door is not closed to them. We have requested all four to play the Ranji Trophy. 

KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant leadership role

This series, Jasprit Bumrah will be vice-captain. We are keeping them under Rohit to be groomed. 

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