IND vs SL: "Dropped Or Rested" - Twitter Reacts To Rohit Sharma's Absence From The T20 Squad Against Sri Lanka

Published - 28 Dec 2022, 11:55 AM

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. Pic Credits: Twitter.

India’s squad announcement for the upcoming ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka came with a lot of shocks. The major absentee from both squads is the absence of Rishabh Pant. While several media outlets have said that Pant is out with an injury, the BCCI has not provided an official explanation for why he won’t be playing in the ODIs or T20Is.

Additionally, Hardik Pandya will lead India in the T20I series while Rohit Sharma will only lead in ODIs.  Once again, BCCI has not given any official confirmation on whether this is going to be a long-term arrangement or for only the Sri Lanka series. Rohit is also not part of the T20I side along with Virat Kohli and KL Rahul.

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Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (PC-Getty Images)

It is reasonable that the shortest format will now feature new faces and largely IPL players, even if Rohit, who is recovering from a finger injury, was selected captain of the ODI series that will come after the T20Is.

Even Virat Kohli and KL Rahul aren’t playing in T20 Internationals, and there are rumblings that neither of them nor Rohit, will be selected for the 2024 T20 World Cup.

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With a World Cup scheduled to be contested in India next year, the troika will likely be urged to concentrate on the 50-over format.

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (PC-Getty Images)
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (PC-Getty Images)

“Yes, there will be no official announcement that Rohit has been removed from T20I captaincy but he along with Kohli and Rahul will be phased out from the format. Obviously, Rohit’s dislocated thumb injury hasn’t completely healed although he has started training. But phasing out has indeed started,” a senior BCCI source privy to the development told PTI on condition of anonymity.

Twitter Reacts to Rohit Sharma’s Exclusion from the T20 Squad:

India’s squad for Sri Lanka T20Is: Hardik Pandya (Captain), Ishan Kishan (wk), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav (VC), Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Umran Malik, Shivam Mavi, Mukesh Kumar.

India’s squad for Sri Lanka ODIs: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya (VC), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh.

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