The Indian Test squad for the first three matches of the five-game series against England was announced on Wednesday and among the talking points from the story was the exclusion of Rohit Sharma, who was dropped from the Test unit in place of Karun Nair. After a poor series in South Africa, the vultures were circling above Rohit ahead of the England Tests and with the final squad coming out, his worst fears came true as he was excluded.
The 31-year-old had struggled to impress in the longest format of the game for Team India and while he scored a ton in the first ODI against England, he flattered to deceive in the next two. In the third ODI, he scored just four runs in 21 balls, before holing out to fine leg.
However, after his drop, Rohit has dropped a message for his fans via Twitter, putting out a hopeful and rather cryptic tweet. He tweeted, “Sun will rise again tomorrow,” along with a smiling emoticon, suggesting that he is hopeful of making a return in the near future.
There have been other talking points from India’s selection as well, with wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant called up into the 18-man Test squad for the first time in his career. The youngster is expected to act as understudy to Dinesh Karthik, who is set to feature in the playing XI as Wriddhiman Saha remains injured and Parthiv Patel excluded after a poor show in South Africa.
India will play the first match on August 1 at Edgbaston in Birmingham, which will be followed by the second one at Lord’s on August 9. The action will resume for the third Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on August 18, after which the squad will be announced for the remaining two games.