IND vs ENG: 3 Indian Players Who Can Replace Rohit Sharma In India Playing XI vs England For The Rescheduled Test

Updated - 26 Jun 2022, 02:03 PM

Rohit Sharma
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Ahead of the IND vs ENG rescheduled Test match, the Indian team has faced a big blow as skipper Rohit Sharma has tested positive for COVID-19. Sharma was part of the ongoing warm-up match and also batted in one inning. However, after testing positive for COVID, the Indian skipper has been isolated at the team hotel.

Rohit Sharma is going to open the innings for the team in the IND vs ENG Test match. If he fails to recover in time he might not be able to be part of the match. As a result, India will need a new batsman to replace Sharma. Here we talk about 3 Indian players who can replace Rohit Shamra in India playing XI vs England for the rescheduled Test match.

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IND vs ENG: 3 Indian Players Who Can Replace Rohit Sharma In India Playing XI vs England For The Rescheduled Test

3. Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. Image: BCCI

Shreyas Iyer is the first player on this list. In the absence of Rohit Sharma, India can rearrange their batting order to get a new opener with Shubman Gill. However, the team will need an additional batsman in the middle order to fill the vacant spot.

Hence, Shreyas Iyer can be picked in the playing XI. Iyer is a regular member of the team in the ODIs and T20I but he is a newcomer in Tests. The right-handed batsman has been in spectacular form recently and he might replace Sharma in the playing XI if the latter is not available for the IND vs ENG Test.

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2. Srikar Bharat

Srikar Bharat
Srikar Bharat (Image Credit: Twitter)

Srikar Bharat is another player on this list. Bharat is a valuable option as he can also open the innings with Shubman Gill. Hence, India can pick both the wicketkeepers in the playing XI- Rishabh Pant and Srikar Bharat.

The right-handed batsman also gave a good performance in the ongoing warm-up match. Bharat slammed 70 and 43 in both innings. He also played as an opener in the 2nd innings of the ongoing warm-up match.

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1. Hanuma Vihari

Hanuma vihari for India. Photo- Twitter
Hanuma vihari for India. Photo- Twitter

Hanuma Vihari is another player on this list who can replace Rohit Sharma in the playing XI in IND vs ENG 1st Test. Although Vihari is a Test specialist for India, he is sometimes kept out of the playing XI in Test games.

If Rohit Sharma is unavailable for the IND vs ENG Test, Vihari can easily replace the vacant spot. In such a case, someone like Virat Kohli or Cheteshwar Pujara can take up the opener’s slot and Vihari will be a confirmed player in the middle order.

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