India vs England: Hardik Pandya celebrates his presence in test squad

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Hardik Pandya, Cricketer
Hardik Pandya, Cricketer

Rohit diagnosed with a serious injury will not play in India vs England test series


In-form batsman Rohit Sharma has been diagnosed with a serious tendon injury in the upper part of the right leg and due to this he has been virtually ruled out of the five-Test series of India vs England.
The 29-year-old may have to undergo surgery in England, but at a vital phase of his career when the Mumbai middle order batsman has given sufficient hints of finding his own space in Test match cricket, his absence from the seminal home series has to be regarded as a major blow to India’s campaign against Alastair Cook-led England team.

Hardik Pandya, Cricketer
Hardik Pandya, Cricketer

On Wednesday at the Cricket Centre here, the BCCI’s senior National selection committee has chaired by M.S.K. Prasad consulted by coach Anil Kumble, conferred with captain Virat Kohli on a video conference and pinned their faith on Baroda’s Hardik Pandya for the crucial all-rounder’s berth in the Test squad.

Ishant is back

The committee has also convinced about the chikungunya-affected fast bowler Ishant Sharma’s state of health, following with his long spells against Orissa and Karnaraka in the Ranji Trophy which has reinstated him in the team. It has also retained Haryana all-rounder Jayant Yadav and Karnataka middle-order batsman Karun Nair.

Jayant served as a replacement for Ishant for the second Test against New Zealand, while Karun has came in for Shikhar Dhawan for the third Test

Ishant Sharma, Cricketer
Ishant Sharma, Cricketer

The absence of any clear information after the final one-day against New Zealand which was held at Visakhapatnam, where Rohit has damaged a considerably heavier lower limb of his body and did not field, had raised several doubts about his fitness.

 

There were question marks against the openers K.L. Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, but then the severity of Rohit’s injury was not known until Prasad had explained it in dramatic fashion.

Since making a spectacular debut against the West Indies in November 2013, Rohit has curbed his natural instincts and managed to make scores of 35, 68 not out, 82 , 51 not out and 42 against New Zealand while batting at No. 6.

Rohit’s misfortune could open up a chance for Karun or Pandya and the team’s think tank will mull hard before further choosing the eleven for the India vs England first test at Rajkot.

Prasad, who had appeared genuinely disappointed at Rohit’s troubles, said that “unfortunately we have all seen on TV that Rohit Sharma is now badly injured. There is scope for some surgical intervention. He is going to be assessed, and if required he might have to undergo a surgery.

The Team for first two India vs England Tests: Virat Kohli (captain), Gautam Gambhir, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), R. Ashwin, Wridhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Karun Nair and Jayant Yadav.

 

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