Senior India batsman Rohit Sharma has been named as the deputy of Ajinkya Rahane for the last 2 Test matches against Australia.
India batsman Rohit Sharma (AP Image)
- Rohit Sharma has been named as the vice-captain for the remaining 2 Tests
- Cheteshwar Pujara was Rahane’s deputy in Boxing Day Test
- The third Test will kick start from January 7
Rohit Sharma, who has just completed his mandatory 14-day quarantine period, has been named as the vice-captain for the remaining 2 Test matches against Australia. Earlier, Cheteshwar Pujara was named the vice-captain after regular captain Virat Kohli returned to India to attend the birth of his first child.
The destructive opener missed the limited-overs leg of India’s tour Down Under as well as the first two Tests but is available for selection for the third Test in Sydney. Rohit passed a fitness test and reached Sydney earlier this month but he was not able to join the squad ahead of the Melbourne Test due to hard quarantine rules.
On December 30, Rohit Sharma received a warm welcome from his teammates and the support staff as the star batsman was seen sporting a face mask as he walked into the team hotel.
Rohit Sharma was greeted by his teammates, including the likes of Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha among others. Batting coach Vikram Rathour was seen having a brief chat with the opener. Rohit also patted Bumrah on the back during the team gathering at the hotel.
In a video shared by the BCCI, Rohit was also seen interacting with head coach Ravi Shastri. “How was quarantine, my friend? You’re looking younger,” Shastri can be heard saying.
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Earlier, head coach Ravi Shastri said India will take a call on Rohit Sharma after assessing his form and fitness in the lead up to the 3rd Test. The third Test is set to begin on January 7 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The 4-match Test series is levelled at 1-1 after 2 matches.