When the Indian squad for the first three Test matches against England was announced, Rohit Sharma’s name was not on the list.
Cricket news: Rohit has previously missed the Afghanistan and England Tests
However everyone expected the dashing opener to feature in the India A side for the unofficial two Tests against South Africa A at home, but unfortunately that was not meant to be.
On July 23, former Indian wicketkeeper MSK Prasad selected the India A squad which left the Sharma fans disappointed as he was not picked in the squad.
The young leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was added to the squad, and according to Times Now News, it gives the impression that the spinner might get a call to the senior side should he does well in these two games.
The continuous snubbing of Rohit Sharma might give an indication that the selectors have decided to put Sharma’s case to rest for the longest format in the game.
Rohit started his Test career brilliantly in 2013 against West Indies by hitting two consecutive centuries. Earlier this year he was played ahead of Ajinkya Rahane in the first two Tests against South Africa, but he failed to capitalise on the opportunity.
In the historic one-off Test against Afghanistan, Karun Nair got preference ahead of Rohit, and now he has been overlooked for the England Tests as well.
Rohit has an average of less than 40 in Tests played in the sub-continent and has a more ordinary average of 23.90 in Tests abroad. This might be another reason for the axing as India will play a series of away Tests in the next several months.
According to a report, only a good performance in the Ranji Trophy can help Rohit get a place in the squad for the longest format. He, along with Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur, has been recently included in an off-season fitness camp held by Mumbai Cricket Association.
For the two games against South Africa A, youth sensation Shreyas Iyer will captain the India A side.