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breaking news  Rohit officially named test captain;  Rahane, Pujara

Rohit Sharma was officially named Indian Test captain on Saturday for the next two-game series against Sri Lanka, starting March 4. Senior batsmen Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, who are struggling with poor form, were dropped.

Senior wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and experienced pacer Ishant Sharma were also left out for testing as the BCCI senior selection committee named the squads for the Sri Lanka series. The Sri Lanka tour will begin with a three-match T20 series from February 24 and will be followed by the five-day matches from March 4.

Saurabh Kumar, the Uttar Pradesh rookie’s left-arm spinner, was the only new face in the 18-member squad. Ahead of the T20 series, the selection committee, led by Chetan Sharma, decided to give Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant a break, while Shardul Thakur rested for the entire Sri Lanka series.

Meanwhile, Washington Sudar and KL Rahul have been cast out of the entire series. Ravichandran Ashwin will be available subject to his fitness, while Axar Patel is still recovering and should be fit for the second test.

“The selection committee deliberated a lot about Rahane and Pujara. We told them we wouldn’t consider them against Sri Lanka, but the doors are open to them. We told them to go and play at the Ranji Trophy,” said the chairman of the selection committee, Chetan Sharma, to journalists during a press conference. virtual press conference.

India Test Team:

Rohit Sharma (C), Mayank Agarwal, Priyank Panchal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, KS Bharat, R Ashwin (fitness), Ravi Jadeja, Jayant Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami , Mohammad Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Saurabh Kumar.

Indian team T20: Rohit Sharma (C), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar yadav, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Jasprit Bumrah (vc), Bhuveshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Sanju Samson, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan.

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First post: STI


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