Indian vice-captain KL Rahul is set to return as the leader of the Virat Kohli-starrer team in the absence of all-format skipper Rohit Sharma. Veteran Indian opener Rohit suffered a left thumb injury in the second One Day International (ODI) of the three-match series between India and hosts Bangladesh. The Indian skipper was also ruled out of the third ODI with a thumb injury.
On Sunday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that skipper Rohit would not feature in the first Test against Bangladesh and India A skipper Abhimanyu Easwaran was named in his place in the Test squad for the red-ball series opener. was. India’s apex cricket board also confirmed that Rohit’s deputy Rahul will lead Team India in the first Test against Bangladesh.
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Speaking at a press conference in the build-up to the first Test match between India and Bangladesh on Monday, stand-in captain Rahul admitted that the visitors would miss the services of the experienced opener in Chattogram. “Rohit Sharma is a very important player for us and an experienced player and captain of our team so we will miss him. India will miss Rohit Sharma as a captain and batsman, we are hoping that he recovers soon and returns for the second Test.
Rahul will lead India in the first Test while veteran batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has been appointed as the vice-captain for the first match of the series against Bangladesh. Addressing the traditional press conference ahead of the first Test of the two-match series, Indian opener Rahul was also asked about Kohli’s form in the second edition of the ICC World Test Championship.
Former India captain Kohli is heading into the Test series after ending his ODI century drought in Bangladesh on Sunday. “Virat Kohli’s hundred against Bangladesh will give him confidence going into the Test match. He has been in the team for so long and he is such an experienced player,” Rahul said. Rahul-led India will take on the hosts in the first Test at the Zahoor Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Wednesday.
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