Rohit Sharma has been hit on his head during training ahead of the South Africa tour.© AFP
There was an injury scare for Rohit Sharma ahead of the South Africa tour as the India opener was hit on the hand during training on Monday. Gujarat opener Priyank Panchal has been called in as cover for the three-match series in South Africa, reported news agency PTI. Rohit was named as India’s white-ball captain and elevated as the vice-captain of Tests on December 8. India are slated to play three Tests and as many ODIs in South Africa. The tour begins with the first Test on December 26.
Rohit was rested for the two-match Test series against New Zealand, which India 1-0. The right-hander returned for the South Africa tour when the selectors named the squad last week. Rohit replaced Ajinkya Rahane as the vice-captain of India in red-ball cricket. The latter, however, managed to hold on to his place in the side.
Rohit’s injury is likely to keep the Indian think tank on their toes as another opening batter Shubman Gill is already ruled out of the South Africa tour with an injury.
India’s squad for South Africa Tests: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj.
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