Fly-half Rohit Sharma was named India Test captain on Saturday, succeeding Virat Kohli as skipper in all three formats ahead of the home series against Sri Lanka.
Kohli, India’s most successful Test captain, resigned from his role in a shock move last month after seven years in charge.
“Rohit is the number one player in the country. We’ve spoken to him and he’s totally okay (to lead the team in all formats),” selection committee chairman Chetan Sharma told a virtual press conference. “With a player as experienced as Rohit, we can also prepare the future leaders of the team. »
India will face Sri Lanka in three Twenty20 internationals starting on Thursday, ahead of the two-Test series next month.
Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is Rohit’s assistant on both teams. The opening test at Mohali will be Kohli’s 100th.
The selectors dropped senior batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane but Sharma said it was to give them a chance to rediscover their form in domestic cricket.
“We told them we weren’t considering them for the two tests against Sri Lanka, but the door is absolutely open to them. We told them to go and play the Ranji Trophy matches. We will use the series to try others. »
Batter KL Rahul and versatile spin bowler Washington Sundar were injured while spinner selection Ravichandran Ashwin was subject to fitness, Sharma said.
Left-arm wrist twister Kuldeep Yadav has been recalled to the Test squad.
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“Kuldeep adds variation to the team and his bowling is hard to read,” Sharma explained. “He had a drop in form and was out of the team. But he bowled in the recent one-day game and we think if he had enough chances he would be an asset to the team. »
Kohli and Pant were cleared to skip Sunday’s Twenty20 dead rubber against West Indies and head home, Sharma added.
Test group: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Priyank Panchal, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Shubhman Gill, Rishabh Pant (Wicket Keeper), KS Bharath (Wicket Keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Sourabh Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.
T20I Squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Surya Kumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan (Wicket Keeper), Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Deepak Hooda, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj , Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Avesh Khan.
Watch the third T20 international match between India and West Indies from 1.30pm on Sunday on Sky Sports Cricket.
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