BAN vs IND: 3 players who can replace Rohit Sharma if he misses Test series due to injury
Rohit Sharma injured his left thumb in the second ODI while fielding at the second slip.
India’s tour of Bangladesh kick-started with the 50-overs leg on December 4. The first two games of the three-match ODI series have been done and dusted and the hosts have stood tall on both occasions. Courtesy of the wins, the Bangla Tigers have taken an invincible series lead of 2-0.
During the second over of Bangladesh’s innings, Rohit Sharma injured his left thumb while fielding at the second slip. The Indian skipper did not take the field while Litton Das & co. were batting and KL Rahul donned the captain's hat.
Further, the veteran batter did not bat at his designated opening slot and walked into bat at number nine. Though Rohit played a valiant knock of 51* runs off 28 deliveries, he has been oficially ruled out of the third and final ODI and remains in doubt for the following Test series.
Rohit has been a lynchpin of the Indian batting line-up in the white-ball circuit for over a decade and has amassed over 14000 runs in the limited-overs arena. The 35-year-old has proven his mettle in Tests as well and scored 3137 runs in 45 matches at an average of 46.13.
If the 35-year-old is ruled out of the two-match Test series against Bangla Tigers, India will have a big hole to fill in the squad. However, there are a few contenders who have the potential to thrive in Bangladesh conditions and can replace Rohit in the team.
Here are the three players who can replace Rohit Sharma if he is ruled out of the Test series against Bangladesh:
3. Abhimanyu Easwaran
Abhimanyu Easwaran has been a proven performer in the Indian domestic circuit. The 27-year-old has featured in 77 first-class games and aggregated 5419 runs at an average of 44.41. Also, the 27-year-old has scored 3376 runs in 78 List-A games at an average of 46.24.
Easwaran has been in a pristine touch of late. In the ongoing India A tour of Bangladesh, he has been showing his batting might and piling on runs for fun. In the first Test against Bangladesh A, the Bengal batter played sensational innings of 141 runs in 255 deliveries. Again, in the ongoing second Test, he has struck yet another blistering century.
Since Easwaran has been prolific in the domestic circuit and is presently acing the Bangladesh conditions, the top-order batter could be a great option to have in the senior Indian team if Rohit is sidelined due to injury.