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Does anyone have a clue on Rohit Sharma’s Test omission? Asks Harbhajan Singh

Singh took a dig at the selectors.

Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)

Rohit Sharma continues to be a polarising figure in Indian cricket. The 31-year-old dashing opener, who was clearly seen as Test discard after his ordinary show in the longer format, has now found a surge in the support for his inclusion in the Test team, thanks to his flawless captaincy in the just-concluded Asia Cup where India won the title.

Rohit last played a Test match in January this year in South Africa but has not been considered for the longer format again, not even for domestic and junior international squads. He was ignored for the Test against Afghanistan at home and also for the five-match Test series in England despite scoring runs in the limited-over series preceding it.

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But after his impressive show in the Asia Cup both as a captain and batsman, the clamour is back for his inclusion in the Test team. However, the national selectors stuck to their stand of thinking beyond Rohit and ignored him for the upcoming two-Test series against the West Indies at home. They even picked a new player in Mayank Agarwal while Prithvi Shaw is waiting in the wings for his Test debut as an opener.

Turbanator takes a dig at selectors

Veteran Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh was not amused that Rohit wasn’t picked for the West Indies series which will be led by regular skipper Virat Kohli. Like former India captain Sourav Ganguly who also felt the same and hoped that the day is not far when Rohit will be back in the reckoning for the Tests, Singh took a dig at the selectors, tweeting: “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”

Sharma had made his Test debut against the Caribbeans at home in 2013 and slammed two centuries in his first two Tests. But thereafter, he could not maintain the momentum and has scored 1,479 runs in 25 Tests so far at an average of less than 40.

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