26.4 C
New Delhi
Wednesday 23 October 2019
Sports India vs South Africa Test: Rahul out, Gill in

India vs South Africa Test: Rahul out, Gill in

KL Rahul was on Thursday dropped from the Test squad of India for the upcoming Test series against South Africa, propelling senior batsman Rohit Sharma to the opener's role in red-ball cricket

-

- Advertisment -

New Delhi: Opener KL Rahul was on Thursday dropped from the Test squad of India for the upcoming Test series against South Africa, propelling senior batsman Rohit Sharma to the opener’s role in red-ball cricket. Rookie Punjab batsman Shubman Gill, on Wednesday, has been rewarded with a place in the Test side as back-up floater, who can fit in both as an opener and a middle-order batsman.

“Yes, we are definitely looking at him (Rohit) and want to give him an opportunity up the order. He is keen (on opening) and the selection committee as well as everyone (team management) is keen. We want to see where he stands and then take a call,” said Chairman of Selectors MSK Prasad after the meeting of the panel. “With regards to Shubman Gill, we look at him as an opener as well as middle-order batsman. We are looking at him as back-up for both the slots. As he keeps playing more and more, he will get his opportunities, because he is a player for all three formats,” he observed.

Another significant development was that Rishabh Pant, despite retaining his place in the squad, could lose his spot in the playing XI to a more accomplished Wriddhiman Saha.

The first Test for India against South Africa will start in Visakhapatnam on 2 October, while the second and third games will be held in Pune (10-14 October) and Ranchi (19-23 October) respectively.

Umesh Yadav was dropped from the side as, keeping in mind conditions of the India team, one can’t have the luxury of four specialist pacers when only two will finally play. Rohit will captain the Board President’s XI in a three-day warm-up match against the Proteas in Vizianagaram from September 26, where he will also test himself in the new role. The 32-year-old’s stupendous success in white ball cricket has prompted the selectors to take a call on his batting position.

“He is opening in white-ball cricket for a decade now (for six years) and I am sure he has that ability to bat up the order. We have seen that in red ball cricket and if he can replicate that in white ball cricket, nothing like it,” said the India team’s chairman of selectors.

For Rahul, who has scored only one Test hundred in over 18 months, Prasad said that the Karnataka player got a fair run but a dip in form forced the panel to go for a change. “We definitely communicated to KL. He is an exceptional talent and unfortunately his form has dipped in red-ball cricket,” Prasad said. “With Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay gone, we can’t keep changing both the openers in the side. Someone had to stick around. And probably with seniors, who exiting, KL got more opportunities. Unfortunately, he was not delivering consistently. He delivered in patches and that’s why we backed him because when he is on song, he is treat to watch.”

Asked what is the road ahead for Rahul, Prasad gave the example of VVS Laxman. “When VVS Laxman was once dropped from the India team, he went back to domestic cricket, scored 1400 runs in the Ranji Trophy and came back. KL has to do the same,” said Prasad.

The selectors indicated that they have created a pool of openers and whoever now gets an opportunity, will get a long rope just like Rahul did. “So you know, in the pipeline, Shubman is opening and we have Priyank Panchal and Abhimanyu Easwaran, who is doing extremely well. From the available lot, we will look at giving them as many opportunities. Whoever gets an opportunity, also gets a fair run. We have alternatives and back-ups, we have created bench strength,” Prasad asserted.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya was not included in the side because there is very little chance of him fitting into the XI in the playing conditions of India. “Hardik is not in the side because if you look at home conditions, he may not fit in. Also a lot of white ball cricket being played, it’s a culmination of both.”

Prasad also gave a fair indication that team management’s patience with Rishabh Pant is finally running out even though he remains the first-choice for the selection panel. Asked who among Rishabh or Wriddhiman is the first choice, Prasad gave a twisted reply. “My answer is same. Let’s see. Rishabh definitely to begin with but we will see whether the team management thinks on those lines. Let’s leave it to them. Also in India, we need a ‘keeper with some more skills playing at home, let’s see how it goes,” he said.

Prasad also felt that it’s better that Umesh Yadav plays domestic cricket as he has no chance to fit in the playing XI when one among Ishant and Shami will be dropped at home. “Issue right now, we couldn’t have Umesh here as it will be two seamers who will play. If it’s really a seaming track, we go for the third one. So Umesh may not play. For him, it is better to play domestic cricket as we are in domestic season. He is in India A side,” Prasad added.

The Squads:

India

Test Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill.

Board President’s XI: Rohit Sharma (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Priyank Panchal, AR Easwaran, Karun Nair, Siddhesh Lad, KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Jalaj Saxena, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Avesh Khan, Ishan Porel, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav.

South Africa

Test Squad: Faf du Plessis (captain),  Temva Bavuma (vice-captain), Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Heinrich Klaasen (wicket-keeper), Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Senuram Muthusamy, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada.

Subscribe to our newsletter

You will get all our latest news and articles via email when you subscribe

The email despatches will be non-commercial in nature
Disputes, if any, subject to jurisdiction in New Delhi

Leave a Reply

Opinion

Aaditya Thackeray, Shiv Sena’s Existential Gambit

With leaders deserting Shiv Sena or debilitated with age, the party's footprint shrinking and Uddhav lacking Balasaheb's charisma, Aaditya had to step in to maintain the dynasty that has mostly been betrayed when politicians not from the Thackeray family were trusted

Karva Chauth: Faith, legend behind viewing the moon through a sieve

The legend and Karva Chauth rituals vary across Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Delhi and, in south India, Andhra Pradesh

Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, Here We Come!

Study Wuhan and Mamallapuram in the backdrop of the fact that things are not quite working out in China-Pakistan economic relations, notwithstanding the urge of the communist state to contain India and that of the Islamic state to challenge it

Slowdown Has Reasons Other Than GST, Demonetisation

When all economic sectors decline, the mood of the market turns sombre, turning investors all the more reluctant to pump in money; the interdependence of industries means that the slowdown suffered by one would affect many

Where China & India, Resisting & Improving Democracy, Meet

What you see in Hong Kong is China resisting democracy; what you see in Kashmir is India promoting it; a reasonably capitalist China does not offer freedom politically but India, held back at times by the choice of the people, is still opening up; there could be a point of convergence as the two nations move in opposite directions
- Advertisement -

Elsewhere

Kartarpur Corridor: Govt yields under Sikh pilgrim pressure

However, India would ask for amendment of the Kartarpur Corridor agreement with Pakistan at any time as per the situation, said the MEA

Kamlesh Tiwari murder: Rashid, Faizan, Mohsin tough nuts to crack

While police suspect Rashid Ahmad Khurshid Ahmad Pathan to be the main conspirator, he managed to delete all photos and videos from his mobile phone before it was seized; now he claims he has nothing to do with the conspiracy to kill the former Hindu Mahasabha leader

Abhijit Banerjee emerges from meeting with PM satisfied

One could derive that sense from the way the joint winner of this year's Nobel Prize for economics narrated how Prime Minister Narendra Modi explained to him his governance model

Love jihad did not spare even a BJP leader’s daughter?

While former BJP MLA Surendra Nath Singh accuses Congress MLA Arif Masood of engineering 'love jihad', the latter, as well as 26-year-old Bharti, denies the charge

Muslim moulding-of-relief affidavit leaked before reaching SC

Just a query from the CJI and no further action against the petitioners is yet another instance after Rajeev Dhavan's act of tearing a map submitted by one of the Hindu parties where the Supreme Court was seen treating the Muslim side with kid-gloves

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you

%d bloggers like this: