Rohit Sharma, who led India to Asia Cup 2018 triumph in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, was one of the notable exclusions from India’s Test squad for the two-match series against the West Indies starting October 4 in Rajkot.
After former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly and most fans on Twitter expressed their disappointment at Rohit’s omission, veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh echoed their words slamming the selectors for the snub.
“No @ImRo45 in test team against West Indies..what r the selectors thinking actually??? Anyone have a clue ??? plz let me know as I can’t digest this,” tweeted Harbhajan after BCCI announced the 15-member squad for West Indies series.
No @ImRo45 in test team against West Indies..what r the selectors thinking actually??? Anyone have a clue ??? plz let me know as I can’t digest this
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 30, 2018
Rohit Sharma finished the Asia Cup 2018 as the second highest run-getter behind only teammate Shikhar Dhawan. He scored 317 runs in matches at an average of 105.67.
Having made his debut in the longest format in 2013, the 31-year-old has played only 25 Tests for India, scoring 1,479 runs at a healthy average of 39.97.
Rohit last played a Test for India against South Africa in January earlier this year. The right-hander struggled to get going against the Proteas, scoring a total of 78 runs in four innings at an average of 19.50.
Rohit’s underwhelming show saw him being dropped for India’s one-off Test against Afghanistan. However, a good performance in UAE would have raised hopes of a Test call-up, however, the selectors thought otherwise and decided to give youngsters, a chance.