Aakash Chopra
Vice-captain Rohit Sharma will miss the SA Test series despite being named skipper.


The three-match Test series against South Africa will be without Rohit Sharma.

When it comes to the SA Test series, Aakash Chopra believes Rohit Sharma will be a “big miss.”

There is now a backup opener in the team: Priyank Panchal

Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the Test series with a left hamstring injury, the BCCI confirmed on Monday.

A three-match Test series against South Africa, which begins December 26, has been postponed due to Rohit Sharma’s absence. The 34-year-old will miss the entire Test series owing to a left hamstring injury, according to the BCCI. An ex-Indian batsman says the great batsman will be a “big miss” for Virat Kohli’s team, while also pointing out how “in doubt” the team’s chances of winning a Test series are without him.

“Rohit Sharma’s absence will be felt keenly (for the South Africa tour). India’s hopes of winning the tournament are jeopardized if Rohit is unable to play on this tour. When you look ahead to 2021, whom do you see as your top batter? At the top of the order in England, Rohit and KL Rahul appeared to have fallen in love with Test cricket. He was doing a good job of both attacking and defending the ball. The Indian team, however, may face difficulties if he is absent “This is what Chopra says in a video he uploaded to his YouTube page.

At an average of 47.6, Rohit racked up a total of 911 runs in the 11 Tests he played in 2021. Smashed two centuries and four fifties in addition to that.

Opening batsman Priyank Panchal, who was on India A trip to South Africa earlier this month, has replaced Rohit in India’s 18-man team due to the injury to Shubman Gill.

Jasprit Bumrah or Ravichandran Ashwin might also be picked as vice-captain in Rohit’s absence, according to Chopra.

“The vice-captain position may be a headache for the company’s management. However, India might choose Jasprit Bumrah or perhaps Ravichandran Ashwin as vice-captain due to their seniority “he continued, adding.

India’s cricket team will be quarantined for three days before traveling out to South Africa for the first Test, which begins on Boxing Day.

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