BCCI relieves Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar and Binny from the Test team

Sudipta / 05 November 2015

BCCI relieves Rohit, Bhuvneshwar and Binny from Test the team

It is a dramatic first day of a first match of the four match “Gandhi-Mandela” Test series in Mohali. India lost their top order for 83. Shikhar Dhawan’s failure continues while Cheteshwar Pujara was trapped lbw by Dean Elgar, captain Virat Kohli birthday celebrations were spoiled by Rabada.

So, India now have only one genuine batsman at hand – wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha. The tail is long comprising of five bowlers.

Meanwhile, India have sent back three players – Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rohit Sharma and Stuart Binny to Ranji cricket for their respective states. At the same time, BCCI called-up local boys Mandeep Singh and Gurkeerat Mann Singh in the team, who will assist the team if needed. For Binny, his team Karnataka will play a home fixture against Odisha starting on November 7 at Mysore, while Buvneshwar Kumar and Rohit Sharma will confront each other in another Ranji fixture between Uttar Pradesh and Mumbai at Wankhede starting on the same day. 

India’s team selection has raised the question as Virat Kohli decided to stick with his preplanned five bowlers formula on a spin friendly pitch. India took two pacers Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav in the along with three spinners- Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra.

India suffered a morning collapse at the hand of a mediocre South African spinners headed by Simon Harmar and the part-time spinner Dean Elgar, who is selected in the team as an opener batsman. 

Shikhar Dhawan was out in the second over of the innings when India were yet to even open their account. The second wicket was Chetshwar Pujara, who was chosen ahead of Rohit, was trapped lbw by Elgar for 31. Debutant South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada robbed Virat Kohli’s birthday celebration moment as the Indian captain was caught by Dean Elgar.

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