The second Test between India and Bangladesh, scheduled to begin on December 22 at Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka, will now not include Indian captain Rohit Sharma. Rohit Sharma, who was unable to play in any of the first two Tests or the third and final ODI of the series, reportedly has not fully healed from his thumb injury.
Rohit Sharma suffered the injury while fielding in the second One-Day International of the series against Bangladesh when he played an explosive knock but was unable to assist India to win. As a result of his withdrawal, KL Rahul will now serve as Team India’s captain, with Shubman Gill opening the innings.
Rohit Sharma Ruled Out Of The 2nd Test
As per reports in Cricbuzz, “The India skipper, who had missed the first Test in Chattogram, will no longer be traveling to Dhaka. Vice-captain KL Rahul will continue to lead the team in his absence in the second and final Test of the series which India leads 1-0.”
“The news of Rohit’s unavailability emerged on Monday (December 19) after it was found that the skipper’s thumb, which was injured during the second ODI of the ongoing tour, has not fully healed. He seems to be suffering from a little bit of stiffness. Considering the important assignments ahead for the Indian team, the BCCI, the selection committee, and the team management have decided not to risk him at this stage,” the report further stated.
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“It is learnt that Rohit, currently in Mumbai, would have managed to bat through the Test but concerns remained over the risk involved while fielding. The medical team and the team management felt that injury could get serious on the field if he gets hurt again on that thumb. The immediate impression is that he will be available for the white ball series (three T20Is and three ODIs) against Sri Lanka starting on January 3,” concluded the report.
The Men in Blue have already won the first Test against Bangladesh. In the first Test, which was played in Chittagong, they defeated the home team by 188 runs. Kuldeep Yadav was named Man of the Match in recognition of his 5-fer in the first innings and fantastic bowling performance in the second.
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Cheteshwar Pujara was another significant positive to have emerged out of the first Test as he made important runs for the team in both innings. He added a century in the second inning, which he did after over 1500 days. In the second innings of the first Test against Bangladesh, Shubaman Gill also reached 100 runs in a Test match for the first time.