Due to injuries to many of its key players, including Rohit Sharma, India was forced to make several changes to its Test team for the Bangladesh series. In addition to Rohit, all-arounder Ravindra Jadeja and veteran pacer Mohammed Shami were out due to injury. Shami and Jadeja will not play in either Test match, but the Indian team management is still optimistic that Rohit will be back in the lineup for the second Test match. While the absence of Shami and Jadeja leaves the Indian bowling attack vulnerable, Mohammad Kaif, a former cricketer for India, believes that Rohit’s absence would only make head coach Rahul Dravid’s job simpler.

Although Kaif acknowledged that Rohit’s expertise and leadership abilities will be missed, he stated that picking an opener without Rohit would no longer be a problem. KL Shubman Gill and Rahul. Rahul and Gill will undoubtedly start the batting in the series opener on December 14 in Chattogram since Rohi will be sidelined with a dislocated left thumb sustained during the second ODI while trying to take a catch.

“They would have found it difficult to choose the top two without Rohit since Shubman Gill and KL Rahul were there. We are set now that Rohit Sharma is not there, thus Gill and Rahul can begin the first Test. Pujara will come in at No. 3, followed by Virat Kohli at No. 4, Shreyas Iyer at No. 5, Rishabh Pant at No. 6, and then five bowlers, including Ashwin. In a select-media discussion held by Sony Sports Network before the first Test game, Kaif said that selection would get a little simpler for Dravid now that Rohit is not around.

Abhimanyu Easwaran has been named as India’s substitute for Rohit for the first Test, although it is unlikely that he will play. For his part, Easwaran has been in excellent form, scoring two substantial hundreds in the four-day matches against Bangladesh A.

Kaif said that the senior cricketer has done well as a leader and that the expectation of ending the ICC trophy drought gives rise to the debate of whether Rohit was the best candidate to succeed Virat Kohli as India’s all-format captain.

Since he was made captain, Rohit has performed well. excluding major international competitions like the World Cup and Asia Cup. Virat experienced the same thing. People believed we needed to win ICC tournaments as there weren’t any trophies when Rohit took over as captain since when he was the captain, he was winning all bilaterals. People feel dissatisfied as a result. But generally, he has a strong record. We won four games in the World Cup. Ups and downs are present. By defeating the Netherlands, South Africa and Ireland defeated England, and Apart from one poor performance against England, India fared admirably. Rohit makes a capable captain. It’s still too early for us to evaluate how he’s done.

(From December 14 through December 18 at 9:00 am IST, catch LIVE coverage of Bangladesh vs. India’s first test on Sony Sports Ten 5 channels.)