Ind vs SL: Rohit Sharma to lead Team India in Test series with Bumrah as deputy; Kohli, Pant to miss T20I series

Top India pace attacker Jasprit Bumrah was named vice-captain in Test cricket and T20I formats by the BCCI on Saturday.

Ind vs SL: Rohit Sharma to lead Team India in Test series with Bumrah as deputy; Kohli, Pant to miss T20I series
Rohit Sharma | Twitter/@ImRo45

New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Team India's top order batter Rohit Sharma was named Test captain on Saturday. Rohit Sharma replaced Virat Kohli as new Test captain as BCCI announced squad for 2-match Test series in March. Top India pace attacker Jasprit Bumrah was named vice-captain in Test cricket and T20I formats by the BCCI on Saturday.

Rohit Sharma was earlier appointed India's ODI captain in December 2021. The 34-year-old batter's appointment as Red-ball captain comes after Virat Kohli stepped down from Test captaincy following India's test series loss to South Africa 2-1.

Rahane, Pujara, Ishant Sharma dropped

Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara have been dropped from the Test series against Sri Lanka. Among bowlers, Ishant Sharma too has been notably dropped from the squad. “The selection committee deliberated a lot on Rahane and Pujara. We told them we will not consider them against Sri Lanka but doors are open for them. We told them to go and play Ranji Trophy,” chief selector Chetan Sharma told reporters during a virtual press conference.

The two-match home Test series against Sri Lanka, beginning on 1 March, is supposed to be Rohit's first assignment as the full-time Test captain. He has become a vital member of the Test side since the last couple of years other than being a mainstay at the top of the order as well.

Team India squad for T20I, Test series against Sri Lanka

Team India are set to play three T20Is in Lucknow and Dharamsala and two Tests in Mohali and Bengaluru respectively.

Rohit has amassed 3047 runs in 43 Test matches so far, at a pretty good average of 46.87. Almost 50 percent of these runs have come since he started opening the innings, that too at a much better average of 58.48. He already has eight centuries and 14 fifties to his name in Tests, and this tally is expected to increase further in the time ahead.

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