Rohit replaces Rahane as India's Test vice-captain for South Africa tour

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08 Dec 2021 | 02:19 PM staff

Rohit replaces Rahane as India's Test vice-captain for South Africa tour

Shami, Vihari and Bumrah returned to the squad, while Iyer and Agarwal were also retained

Ajinkya Rahane was on Wednesday axed from his role as India's Test vice-captain and was replaced by Rohit Sharma, who was also promoted to India's white-ball captain, for the 18-player squad for the upcoming Test series against South Africa.

"The All-India Senior Selection Committee also decided to name Mr Rohit Sharma as the Captain of the ODI & T20I teams going forward," BCCI said in an official release.

Mayank Agarwal, who scored 150 and 62 in the second Test against New Zealand, was retained for the three-match series while Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami returned to the squad after being rested for the New Zealand series. Shreyas Iyer, who scored a hundred and a fifty on his Test debut in Kanpur, was also retained for the series, while pacers Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah returned to the side after rested for the home series against the Black Caps.

Left-arm spin-bowling allrounders Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel and batter Shubman Gill were not included in the squad due to injuries sustained in the past two months.

India's Test series, which was postponed due to the covid-19 Omnicron variant, will begin on 26th December at Centurion. The second Test will be played from 3-7 January at the Wanderers with the third Test set to be played from 11-15 January at Cape Town.

India's Test squad for South Africa series: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj.

Standby Players: Navdeep Saini, Saurabh Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Arzan Nagwaswalla.

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