India vice-captain Rohit Sharma on Friday hit the batting nets for the primary time since arriving in Australia as he gears up for the third Take a look at in opposition to Australia. Whereas the crew is at the moment coaching in Melbourne, the crew will head to Sydney on Monday.
Taking to Twitter, the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted a video by which Rohit will be seen hitting the ball arduous within the nets. “The wait is over! The Hitman @ImRo45 present is about to unfold. #TeamIndia,” BCCI captioned the publish.
Earlier within the day, BCCI appointed the opening batsman as Ajinkya Rahane’s deputy for the final two Exams of the sequence.
Rohit, who joined his teammates after finishing his 14-day quarantine interval on Wednesday, will take over the reins from Cheteshwar Pujara.
Rahane continues to guide the Take a look at facet within the absence of standard skipper Virat Kohli, who’s on a paternity depart. After a horrendous present within the first Take a look at which noticed the guests getting bundled out for 36 within the second innings, India staged an epic turnaround in Kohli and Mohammad Shami’s absence to clinch the Boxing Day Take a look at on Tuesday. India opener Rohit flew in from Sydney on Wednesday and joined the remainder of the crew in Melbourne.
Rahane, who performed a match-winning knock within the second Take a look at, had additionally made his pleasure recognized after the win at MCG. “We’re enthusiastic about Rohit coming again. Spoke to him yesterday, he is ready to hitch the crew,” Rahane had stated.
Rohit’s inclusion has boosted India’s possibilities within the ongoing Take a look at sequence. The vice-captain was on Thursday coaching arduous on his fielding expertise with an eye fixed on the third Take a look at in opposition to Australia. Rohit, who had injured his hamstring in the course of the Indian Premier League in UAE, is gearing up for the third Take a look at which will get underway from January 7.
In the meantime, India quick bowler T Natarajan has been added to the Take a look at squad for the remaining two Take a look at matches in opposition to Australia. The left-arm pacer has changed Umesh Yadav, who sustained a pressure in his left calf muscle on Day three of the Boxing Day Take a look at in Melbourne.
“The All-India Senior Choice Committee has named T Natarajan as Yadav’s substitute. Forward of the Boxing Day Take a look at, Shardul Thakur was added to the Take a look at squad as Mohd. Shami’s substitute after the senior quick bowler suffered a hairline fracture in his proper forearm. Each Shami and Umesh Yadav will head to the Nationwide Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for additional rehabilitation of their accidents,” the BCCI stated in an official assertion on Friday.
Staff India Take a look at squad: 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, Md.
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