Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja have started recovering at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore after being excluded from the test series in South Africa. Rohit was appointed as the deputy captain of the three-game series to replace Ajinkya Rahane, but a hamstring injury prevented him from participating in the red ball game. According to reports, Rohit was injured in a training session in Mumbai. Priyank Panchal played for the Indian A team in the unofficial test of Bloemfontein against South Africa A. He was selected as a substitute for Rohit. The test series began on December 26th at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.

Rohit expects it will take three to four weeks to recover enough health. The selector has not yet named the lineup for the three ODI series, and it remains to be seen whether the Nagpur-born can also advance. Rohit was recently appointed as the captain of India’s ODI, succeeding Virat Kohli. Kohli said unceremoniously that India will miss Rohit in the test, but also thinks this is an opportunity for KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal to show off their bat skills. “We will miss his (Sharma) abilities very much. He has proven in England that he really completed his test match, and the opening partnership is very important to our performance in the series. With his experience and skill, we will miss his quality,” Kohli said in a virtual press conference.

“That being said, I think for people like Mayank (Agarwal) and KL (Rahul), this is an opportunity to strengthen and consolidate our opening in the previous series and make sure to continue to do it in this series,” he added. At the same time, Jadeja injured his forearm before India’s second test against New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. He could not qualify for the game in South Africa. Kohli also praised Jadeja for his comprehensive capabilities.

“For us, Jadeja is obviously a very, very important player. He has contributed to all three divisions of the game, which is especially valuable under overseas conditions. He will be missed,” Koli said.