Stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma has been rested for India A’s first four-day match against New Zealand A which will start on November 16th.
The ‘A’ team includes Test regulars as the small tour is being seen as warm up to the Test series against Australia, which starts on December 6th. The Board of Control for Cricket in India issued a statement regarding the announced and confirmed this news.
The statement read, “Mr. Rohit Sharma, who was originally named in India A’s squad for the first four-day match against New Zealand A, has been advised rest by the BCCI Medical Team in consultation with the team management and the All-India Senior Selection Committee. The decision was taken keeping in mind his recent workload.”
The press release added, “He will now travel with India’s T20 squad that will leave for Australia on November 16, 2018, from Mumbai.”
In the absence of Rohit, his fellow teammate Ajinkya Rahane will lead the India ‘A’ side. The ‘A’ side will feature names like Prithvi Shaw, Murali Vijay, Hanuma Vihari, and Parthiv Patel from the squad that will play the Australian team.
The boy from Mumbai is also a part of the Indian squad who will face Australia in a four-match Test series starting from December 6.
The 31-year-old cricketer has played 25 Test matches for Team India. He has three hundred and 9 half-centuries to his name in the longer format of the game. Due to his inconsistency in Test matches, he was often dropped from the Test side.
The Indian tour of Australia starts on November 21st with a three-match T20I series, followed by a four-match Test series and a three-match One-Day International series.
India A squad for 1st four-day game against New Zealand A: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), M Vijay, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Parthiv Patel (wicket-keeper), K Gowtham, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Rajneesh Gurbani, Vijay Shankar, KS Bharat (wicket-keeper)
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