KL Rahul dropped from squad
September 13, 2019
The Indian team for the upcoming Test series against South Africa has been announced. The names of the 15 players were made public by the Board of Control For Cricket In India-BCCI yesterday.
The team selectors have replaced KL Rahul and included 20 year old Shubman Gill, while Fast bowler Umesh Yadav has also been dropped. Gill will be making his debut in test format and has been chosen after a great performance for India A during the tour of West Indies.
Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad said," Want to give Rohit Sharma an opportunity to open the innings in Tests."
The test series between India and South Africa is to begin on 2 October. India has 120 points and is currently at the top of points table in the Test World Championship ranking. India is also at number one position in the ICC Test rankings.
Here is the team for the three tests:
Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane , Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant ,Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill.
Social media users shared thoughts about the team selection.
Arpita tweeted,"Now at least they want something from Rohit, in what Universe K L Rahul is better opener batsmen than Rohit, difference is so apparent."
"This is a great news..Fans were fed up with his inability to give good starts in any notable matches. He was given a long rope which would not have been the case with any other cricketer. He is a man who is hyped,overrated in the name of "Technique" and "Style" #INDvSA #KLRahul," tweeted Shodhan t shetty