new Delhi: Veteran opener Rohit Sharma was named vice-captain of the Indian Test on Friday, replacing Cheteshwar Pujara. Pujara was appointed vice-captain in the Boxing Day Test played in Melbourne when Ajinkya Rahane became the captain of the team after regular captain Virat Kohli returned to India on paternity leave.
The team management had already decided that if Rohit is fit and joined the team then he will be the vice-captain. An official of the BCCI (Cricket Board of India) associated with the matter said on the condition of confidentiality, “In the absence of Virat, there was no doubt about the vice-captain of the Indian team after Ajikya became the captain. It was always Rohit and Pujara was entrusted with this responsibility till he (Rohit) was associated with the team.
“Rohit has long been the vice-captain of the Indian team in the limited overs format,” the official said. In such a situation, it is clear that in the absence of Virat, he will be part of the team’s leadership group. ”Rohit joined the Indian team in Melbourne on Wednesday after completing 14 days of segregation in Sydney. However, it is not yet known whether Rohit will start the innings with Shubman Gill or play in the middle order. If he plays as an opener, then in a bad rhythm, Mayank Agarwal may be out of the team while Hanuma Vihari may have to be eliminated from the final 11 if he plays in the middle order.
He started practicing on Thursday for the third Test to be played in Sydney on January 7. Rohit has scored 2141 runs in 32 Tests at an average of 46. The Indian team will leave for Sydney on January 5.