Indian Test squad for South Africa 2019: The Indian selectors have finally dropped opening batsman Lokesh Rahul citing poor form.
The Indian selection committee have announced a 15-member squad for the upcoming three-match Test series against South Africa at home. The selectors have dropping opening batsman Lokesh Rahul citing poor form has come as the biggest development.
In 17 Tests since November 2017, Rahul has scored 664 runs at an average of 22.89 and a strike rate of 54.92 including one century and two half-centuries. It was due to this unsuccessful spree that him getting named for the tour of West Indies was questionable.
In two Tests against West Indies last month, Rahul scored 101 runs at an average of 25.25 and a strike rate of 37.26. Having missed another golden opportunity to be among the runs, Rahul getting dropped was speculated widely.
Fast bowler Umesh Yadav has also been dropped without being given an opportunity since the tour of Australia last year. In a surprising move, the selectors have included two wicket-keepers for a home Test series.
Indian Test squad for South Africa 2019
Shubman Gill, who turned 20 a few days ago, has been handed a maiden call-up into the Test squad. The right-hand batsman, who played a couple of ODIs during India’s tour of New Zealand earlier this year, has been performing consistently in red-ball cricket in the last year or so.
Full squad – Virat Kohli (c), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk),Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill
How Twitter reacted:
Mate, only one of them will play na….both possibly can’t. https://t.co/W3A0vXGSS9
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 12, 2019
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) September 12, 2019
First win as India-A Captain ✅
Maiden 🇮🇳 Test Team Call-up ✅
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) September 12, 2019
KL Rahul has to go back to domestic cricket and that may not be so bad for him. And I think the selectors have been prudent with Hardik Pandya given recent fitness issues. The arrival of Vihari & the fact that the next five tests are in India probably made it tough anyway
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 12, 2019
So Rohit will open as was likely. Glad Shubman has been included. So he is the back up who will now be readied and I have always felt he is one for the future.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) September 12, 2019
No KL Rahul in the squad means Rohit Sharma will get his tenth opportunity to find a place in the Test XI, this time as opener. Excited for Shubman Gill too – who has an average of 70 since 2018. https://t.co/Phtcm8vMGA
— Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx) September 12, 2019
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