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5 surprising decisions taken by Indian selectors for South Africa Test series

Some of the moves can well be termed as a gamble, but the same can also pay rich dividends.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

India are on top of the table in the ICC World Test Championship after their 2-0 victory over the West Indies. However, despite the impressive show, a few loopholes remained. There have also been some selection conundrums over the time being. India’s next assignment in the format is against South Africa that gets underway in October after the conclusion of the three-match T20I series.

The squad for the series next month has already been announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). But the national selectors decided to spring a few surprises, some of which were communicated even before the announcement of the squad. Some of the moves can well be termed as a gamble, but the same can also pay rich dividends as the red-ball fixtures progresses.

Here we look at five surprising decisions made by the selectors for the Proteas series

Rohit Sharma as Test opener

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Rohit Sharma’s Test career has been an enigma thus far. Despite his incredible run in white-ball cricket for India, the Mumbai batsman has never been able to cement his position in the longest format. The good thing for him is that he isn’t out of the selectors’ radar by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, he is now set to open even in Test cricket, alongside Mayank Agarwal.

KL Rahul’s repeated failures has left to his exclusion. MSK Prasad said that Rohit would be given a chance to open the batting. Back in 2013, Rohit started opening batting in white-ball cricket and that turned out to be a masterstroke. Sharma will now be keen to repeat the same in Test cricket. Playing the new ball in Tests is a different ballgame and it’ll be interesting to see how he does.

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