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Team India fined 40 percent of match fee for slow over-rate in 3rd ODI vs South Africa

Team India have been fined 40 per cent of their match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate against South Africa in the third and final ODI of the series in Cape Town on Sunday.

Andy Pycroft of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction after KL Rahul’s side was ruled to be two overs short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration.

“In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time,” the ICC asid in a statement.

“Rahul pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing. On-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Bongani Jele, third umpire Allauhudien Palekar and fourth umpire Adrien Holdstock leveled the charge,” it added.

Earlier, hosts South Africa registerd a narrow four-run win in a thrilling affair at Newlands stadium, Cape Town and also won the ODI series 3-0.

Put into bat, the home side rode on a fantastic century by Quinton de Kock (124 off 130) along with Rassie van der Dussen’s valuable 52 to post a challenging 287 in 49.5 overs.

Apart from de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen (52 off 59), David Miller chipped in with 39 runs off 38 balls for the Proteas.

In reply, opener Shikhar Dhawan (61 off 73) and Virat Kohli (65 off 84) played important knocks but the tourists threw wickets at regular intervals and were in deep trouble at one point before Deepak Chahar’s (54 off 34) knock under pressure ignited hopes and kept India in the game till the time he was at the crease.

Chahar however, fell in the first ball of the second last over when India needed 10 runs to win off 17 balls with two wickets in hand.

Later, South Africa sent back Jasprit Bumrah in the penultimate over and in the last over, with six needed off six balls, Yuzvendra Chahal’s slog found the top edge and South Africa closed off the game with a nervy four-run victory.

South Africa had won the first two affairs by 31 runs and seven wickets respectively.

Sulking Ganguly wanted to issue show cause notice to Kohli after his PC: Report

Following the claims made by former India skipper Virat Kohli in his pre-departure conference to South Africa in December 2021, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly reportedly wanted to issue a show cause notice to the then India Test captain before the beginning of the ongoing tour to the rainbow nation.

Notably, ahead of the Indian team’s departure to South Africa, Kohli had addressed the press-conference and had claimed that no one from the BCCI or the selection committee had asked him to reconsider his decision to give up T20I captaincy. Kohli’s claim had contradicted Ganguly, who had earlier said that he had personally requested the run-machine to not leave the leadership role in the shortest format of the game.

Meanwhile, Kohli, 33 had also claimed that he was informed by the selectors that he won’t be the ODI captain anymore just one and a half hours before the Test squad for the South Africa series was announced and there was no prior communication on the same from Indian board.

Notably, Kohli’s claim didn’t go down well with the Indian board and now, reports suggest that Ganguly had prepared a draft letter and wanted to send a show cause notice to the former captian.

However, as Ganguly discussed the matter with the board members, they didn’t find it appropriate to issue a notice to the Test captain just before the start of a Test series.

“And the board president was all for issuing a show cause notice to Kohli,” a source close to the development was quoted as saying by India Ahead News.

Recemtly after losing the South Africa series, Kohli had also decided to leave the Test captaincy.

Reacting to his decision, Ganguly lauded Kohli for taking the team to new heights in all formats of the game and termed the decision as a personal one which even the board respects.

“Under Virat’s leadership Indian cricket has made rapid strides in all formats of the game… his decision is a personal one and bcci respects it immensely… he will be an important member to take this team to newer heights in the future. A great player. well done… @BCCI @imVkohli,” Ganguly said in his tweet.

Moreover, Kohli had also reportedly turned down an offer by the BBCI to play a farewwell match after he had stunned the cricketing world by announcing his departure as the Test captain of the Indian team.

As per a report in Hindustan Times (HT), the Indian board had offered a farewell match to Kohli and asked him to lead the Indian side for one last time in his 100th Test match. However, it has been learnt that Kohli refused to accept the offer and said: “One match makes no difference. That’s not how I am”.

After Kohli’s decision, the BCCI is most likley to appoint white-ball skipper Rohit Sharma as the new Test captain however, it is yet to make an official announcement.

So far, run-machine Kohli is the most successful Test captain India has ever had. Under Kohli, India played a total of 68 Test matches and won 40, drew 11, and lost in 17 matches.

Notably, Kohli had also led the Indian side to its maiden Test series win in Australia in 2018 beside winning a Test series in Sri Lanka and West Indies.

In 2021, Kohli guided the Indian side to secure an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match Test series against England beside leading his side to the final of the World Test Championship (WTC).

Kohli reportedly turns down BCCI’s offer to play farewell Test as captain

Following his sudden decision to step down as the captain of India in Test cricket, Kohli has reportedly turned down an offer by the Board of Control for Cricket (BBCI) to play a farewwell match.

On Saturday, Kohli had stunned the cricketing world by announcing his departure as the Test captain of the Indian team.

Now as per a report in Hindustan Times (HT), the Indian board had offered a farewell match to Kohli and asked him to lead the Indian side for one last time in his 100th Test match. However, it has been learnt that Kohli refused to accept the offer and said: “One match makes no difference. That’s not how I am”.

After Kohli’s decision, the BCCI is most likley to appoint white-ball skipper Rohit Sharma as the new Test captain however, it is yet to make an official announcement.

So far, run-machine Kohli is the most successful Test captain India has ever had. Under Kohli, India played a total of 68 Test matches and won 40, drew 11, and lost in 17 matches.

Notably, Kohli had also led the Indian side to its maiden Test series win in Australia in 2018 beside winning a Test series in Sri Lanka and West Indies.

In 2021, Kohli guided the Indian side to secure an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match Test series against England beside leading his side to the final of the World Test Championship (WTC).

Notably, Kohli had also stepped down from T20I captaincy after India’s poor show in the 2021 World Cup in the UAE and in December 2021, the BCCI had removed him from the ODI captaincy. The BCCI had named Rohit as the new white-ball skipper.

Later in an interview, BCCI chief Ganguly had claimed that he had requested Kohli not to step down from T20I captaincy however, his statement was contradicted by Kohli, who had said that he was informed about the ODI captaincy only one and a half hour before the team selection meeting.

Notably, Kohli’s revelation of the development in a press-conference before Team India’s departure for South Africa had triggered a storm in Indian cricket.

The controversy is seen as one of the main reason behind Kohli’s sudden announcement of stepping down from captaincy and many reports also suggested that all was not well between Kohli and the BCCI chief.

Kohli, 33, was first appointed as India captian at the Adelaide Test in 2014 against hosts Australia. He was appointed as the full-time captian after MS Dhoni had announced his retirement from the format ahead of the fourth Test at Sydney in January 2015.

Significantly, India won a series in every country they travelled under Kohli barring South Africa and New Zealand.

It’s a battle of 2 stalwarts: Ex-Pak skipper on Kohli’s captaincy exit

Virat Kohli’s sudden decision to step down as the captain of India’s Test team has shocked the cricketing world and former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has reckoned that the former resigning as Test captain is due to him being at loggerheads with the BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly.

After Kohli’s announcement, Ganguly had put out a tweet saying that the call was entirely Kohli’s, meaning that the BCCI had nothing to do with it. And going by Kohli’s official statement, it appeared that he did it without any pressure.

However, Latif feels that irrespective of what Ganguly has tweeted, the ‘reason’ behind Virat resigning as Test captain is due to him being at loggerheads with the BCCI chief.

“The real reason why these things happen is because you have a tiff with the board. Irrespective of what Virat says that it’s his decision or what Sourav Ganguly tweets, this is battle of two stalwarts,” Rashid Latif said in a video on Caught Behind.

Without naming anyone, Latif also felt that ‘some people’ have managed to affect Indian cricket by targetting Kohli.

“Some people are emotional. They know when and how to provoke Kohli. When he announced that he won’t captain India in T20Is after the World Cup, he was removed as ODI captain as well. You haven’t only unsettled Kohli; you’ve unsettled Indian cricket,” he explained.

Earlier on Sunday, a day after Kohli’s announcement of captaincy exit, Ganguly had opened up on the massive development and termed it as a ‘personal one’.

Ganguly took to Twitter to congratulate Kohli for a great stint as India’s captain in all three formats and hailed the team’s progress and rise under his leadership.

“Under Virats leadership Indian cricket has made rapid strides in all formats of the game ..his decision is a personal one and bcci respects it immensely ..he will be an important member to take this team to newer heights in the future. A great player. well done ..@BCCI @imVkohli,” Ganguly tweeted.

Notably, Kohli had also stepped down from T20I captaincy after India’s poor show in the 2021 World Cup in the UAE and in December 2021, the BCCI had removed him from the ODI captaincy. The BCCI had named opener Rohit Sharma as the new white-ball skipper.

Later in an interview, BCCI chief Ganguly had claimed that he had requested Kohli not to step down from T20I captaincy however, his statement was contradicted by Kohli, who had said that he was informed about the ODI captaincy only one and a half hour before the team selection meeting.

Notably, Kohli’s revelation of the development in a press-conference before Team India’s departure for South Africa had triggered a storm in Indian cricket.

The controversy is seen as one of the main reason behind Kohli’s sudden announcement of stepping down from captaincy and many reports also suggested that all was not well between Kohli and the BCCI chief.

Kohli, 33, was first appointed as India captian at the Adelaide Test in 2014 against hosts Australia. He was appointed as the full-time captian after MS Dhoni had announced his retirement from the format ahead of the fourth Test at Sydney in January 2015.

Notably, after stepping down, Kohli is the most successful India Test skipper. Under his time as the captain, India played 68 Tests, winning 40, losing 17 and drawing 11 and with a win percentage of 58.82.

Significantly, India won a series in every country they travelled under Kohli barring South Africa and New Zealand.

Ganguly opens up on Kohli’s decision to step down from Test captaincy

After Virat Kohli shocked the cricketing world by announcing his decision to step down as the captain of India’s Test team, BCCI Chief and former skipper Sourav Ganguly on Sunday opened up on the massive development and termed it as a ‘personal one’.

Ganguly took to Twitter to congratulate Kohli for a great stint as India’s captain in all three formats and hailed the team’s progress and rise under his leadership.

Kohli, on Saturday had stepped down from Test captaincy, following the team’s 2-1 series loss against South Africa.

“Under Virats leadership Indian cricket has made rapid strides in all formats of the game ..his decision is a personal one and bcci respects it immensely ..he will be an important member to take this team to newer heights in the future. A great player. well done ..@BCCI @imVkohli,” Ganguly tweeted.

Earlier, Kohli had also stepped down from T20I captaincy after India’s poor show in the 2021 World Cup in the UAE and in December 2021, the BCCI had removed him from the ODI captaincy. The BCCI had named opener Rohit Sharma as the new white-ball skipper.

Later in an interview, BCCI chief Ganguly had claimed that he had requested Kohli not to step down from T20I captaincy however, his statement was contradicted by Kohli, who had said that he was informed about the ODI captaincy only one and a half hour before the team selection meeting.

Notably, Kohli’s revelation of the development in a press-conference before Team India’s departure for South Africa had triggered a storm in Indian cricket.

The controversy is seen as one of the main reason behind Kohli’s sudden announcement of stepping down from captaincy and many reports also suggested that all was not well between Kohli and the BCCI chief.

Kohli, 33, was first appointed as India captian at the Adelaide Test in 2014 against hosts Australia. He was appointed as the full-time captian after MS Dhoni had announced his retirement from the format ahead of the fourth Test at Sydney in January 2015.

Notably, after stepping down, Kohli is the most successful India Test skipper. Under his time as the captain, India played 68 Tests, winning 40, losing 17 and drawing 11 and with a win percentage of 58.82.

Significantly, India won a series in every country they travelled under Kohli barring South Africa and New Zealand.

After this development, Rohit is now most likley to be the next Team India captain. His first assignment as the full-time Test captain would be against Sri Lanka in the end of Februray when the islanders will tour India for a two-match Test series.

The two-Test series will be followed by a three-match T20I rubber.

In 2021, Kohli had also stepped down as the captain of the Indian Premier League (IPL) side Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

Virat Kohli steps down as India Test captain

Just a day after Team India lost the three-match Test series 1-2 to hosts South Africa, Virat Kohli on shocked the cricketing world as he announced to step down as the captain of Indian team in the longest format.

Kohli, 33, was first appointed as India captian at the Adelaide Test in 2014 against hosts Australia. He was appointed as the full-time captian after MS Dhoni had announced his retirement from the format ahead of the fourth Test at Sydney in January 2015.

Taking to his social media accounts, Kohli said: “It’s been 7 years of hard work, toil and relentless perseverance everyday to take the team in the right direction. I’ve done the job with absolute honesty and left nothing out there. Everything has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as Test Captain of India, it’s now. There have been many ups and also some downs along the journey, but never has there been a lack of effort or lack of belief.”

“I have always believed in giving my 120 percent in everything I do, and if I can’t do that, I know it’s not the right thing to do. I have absolute clarity in my heart and I cannot be dishonest to my team. I want to thank the BCCI for giving me the opportunity to lead my country for such a long period of time and more importantly to all the teammates who bought into the vision I had for the team from day one and never gave up in any situation. You guys have made this journey so memorable and beautiful,” added he.

Notably, after stepping down, Kohli is the most successful India Test skipper. Under his time as the captain, India played 68 Tests, winning 40, losing 17 and drawing 11 and with a win percentage of 58.82.

“To Ravi Bhai and the support group who were the engine behind this vehicle that moved us upwards in Test Cricket consistently, you all have played a massive role in bringing this vision to life. Lastly, a big thank you to MS Dhoni who believed in me as a Captain and found me to be an able individual who could take Indian Cricket forward,” concluded Kohli.

Earlier in September 2021, Kohli had announced to leave the T20I captaincy after the Men’s T20 World Cup in the UAE. Meanwhile, Kohli had also stepped down as the captain of the Indian Premier League (IPL) side Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

In December 2021, Kohli was replaced by opener Rohit Sharma as the ODI captain by the BCCI.

Significantly, India won a series in every country they travelled under Kohli barring South Africa and New Zealand.

After this development, Rohit is now most likley to be the next Team India captain. His first assignment as the full-time Test captain would be against Sri Lanka in the end of Februray when the islanders will tour India for a two-match Test series.

The two-Test series will be followed by a three-match T20I rubber.

KL Rahul expected to lead India in ODIs vs SA if Rohit fails to recover in time: Report

Opener KL Rahul is likely to lead Team India in the upcoming three-match ODI series against South Africa if newly appointed skipper Rohit Sharma fails to recover in time, a report in Sports Today has suggested.

Recently, Rohit was named India’s limited-overs captain ahead of the start of the South Africa and was also named as the vice-captain of the Test side before a hamstring injury during a training session in Mumbai ruled him out of the Test series against the Proteas.

Rohit is currently at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru and working on his recovery however, as per Sports Today, the India’s limited-overs’ skipper might not make it in time for the ODI series as he might take 4-6 weeks to recover fully from the hamstring injury.

Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had said that Rohit might return in three weeks to lead the team in the ODI series, which is slated to begin on January 19, 2022.

However, the report by Sports Today has now suggested that he is unlikely to recover in time and Rahul might lead the team.

Notably, Rahul had made a brilliant start to the Test series against the hosts as he hit an unbeaten ton (122 not out) on Day 1 of the ongoing first Test in Centurion and became the only second Indian opener to score a century in the Rainbow Nation after Wasim Jaffer’s century in Cape Town in 2006-07.

In the recent past, Rahul was appointed as the vice-captainc in T20Is after Virat Kohli stepped down as the captain in the shortest format with Rohit taking over.

Before the start of the ongoing Test rubber, Rahul had said that his team is better prepared than their last tour of South Africa in 2018 and had expressed that coming in early for the Test series has helped for a good preparation against the hosts.

“We understand that in any foreign series, getting the team off to a good start is the most important thing as a batsman. Last time I came here was three-four years ago and it was my first tour to South Africa. So, I didn’t really know what to expect and how to handle these conditions. But this time around, having played two Test matches here before and having watched lots of videos on how the conditions are here, we are slightly better prepared than the last time,” Rahul had said in the virtual press conference.

“We have had a great preparation going into the Test matches and really excited about 26th. Hopefully, me and Mayank will get the team off to a good start and give the team a good platform to try and win the game,” he added.

Significantly, it is for the second time when Rahul is on South Africa tour after the 2018 one and the opener felt that the pitches will pose a challenge for his side.

“It’s the pace and bounce in the pitches here which are very different to any other country. That’s why I think it was important that we came here a bit early and try to get adjusted to the pitches,” he opined.

“We have had a great week of preparation and had a lot of sessions in the middle with match stimulations for batters and bowlers. We practised here with a lot of intensity and tried to get used to the conditions as best we can. We had a great week of preparation. Hopefully, we will have a great series here in South Africa this time,” he had added.

South Africa a place where we haven’t won a series yet, very motivated to do that: Kohli

Team India’s red-ball skipper Virat Kohli has reckoned that his side will draw lots of motivation from the third Test win at Johannesburg in January 2018, which came in the ‘toughest conditions’ and said his team is aiming to perform well and win a series at a place where they have never won before.

India are scheduled to play three Tests against South Africa, starting from December 26 in Centurion and in a virtual pre-departure press conference on Wednesday, Kohli said: “We can take a lot of motivation from that (Johannesburg 2018 win). We probably won in the toughest conditions of that tour. So that should give us a lot of confidence. If we start off with the right mindset and with self-confidence and belief, we can definitely stand up to any challenge that comes our way and take a lot of heart from it.”

“South Africa is one place where we have not won a series yet, so we are very motivated to do that and that mindset is always to go out there in any country and win the series. We don’t think of winning just a Test match here and there and we will do our absolute best to make sure we keep contributing towards the cause. We will take a lot of motivation and belief from that win on the last tour,” added he.

Kohli further felt that the playing conditions in South Africa is very challenging for the batters on many fronts such as seam, bounce and even swing when the conditions are favourable.

“South Africa presents a different kind of challenge,” Kohli reckoned.

“The wickets have a lot of pace and bounce and you have to be at your absolute best to perform there and get runs — get difficult runs. It’s something we’ve tried to do as a team but probably left ourselves a bit too much to do at certain times. And when sessions have gone bad, they have gone very bad, which we have controlled well in the recent past with more experience and guys understanding conditions. So, I think we’re well-placed in terms of experience, belief, and confidence that this time around we can do something special and get results we want as a team and overcome conditions to go and win a series,” he added.

Meanwhile, as Team India will miss the services of ace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and Rohit Sharma, Kohli said it’s an opportunity for players who step into their shoes and do something special.

“Jadeja is a very important player for us. He contributes to all three departments which is invaluable overseas and he will be missed,” the skipper noted.

“That said, we do have the quality in the side to be able to create the best combination possible and still be able to win Test matches. Because we’ve created that bench strength and environment where people coming in are seizing opportunities, grabbing it with both hands and even making sure the team is helped by their performances. As much as we’ll miss him, it won’t be a deciding factor,” he added.

Further speaking on Rohit’s absence in the side, Kohli said: “Will miss his abilities a lot. He’s proven in England already that he’s really worked his Test game out and the opening partnership was very important for us to play in that series. Obviously, with his experience and skill, we will miss those qualities. That said, it’s an opportunity for Mayank [Agarwal] and KL [Rahul] to step up and solidify that start for us and make sure the good work is carried on in this series.”

India will play three-Test series in Centurion, Johannesburg and Cape Town on their tour while the ODIs will be held at Paarl and Cape Town. Paarl is scheduled to host the first two ODIs.

I’m available for South Africa ODIs, never asked for leave: Kohli

Team India’s Test skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday clarified that he will be available for the entire tour of South Africa and also opened up on the reports of a rift between him and Rohit Sharma.

Although several reports had speculated that Kohli had asked for leave from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after the Test series to celebrate daughter Vamika’s first birthday, the reb-ball India skipper refuted all the claims.

“I was and I am available for selection all this time. You should not be asking me these questions, you should ask those who are writing these stories and sources. All these people who are writing are not credible. I was always keen to play ODIs,” Kohli said in a virtual media conference from Mumbai, ahead of the team’s departure for South Africa.

Meanwhile, Kohli also said he was not disappointed with the BCCI for removing him as Team India’s ODI captain after he had quit the T20I leadership.

“I was contacted only one and half hours before selection committee meet about the ODI captaincy. The chief selector discussed the Test team only with me. Before ending the call, the selectors told me I won’t be ODI captain and I was fine with it. There was no prior communication,” Kohli revealed.

Kohli also said that he took a lot of pride in leading the Indian side.

“I have taken a lot of pride in being the captain of the Indian team and I’ve done the best as I could. My motivation to do well will not dip at all. One thing I will say about captaincy is I have been absolute honest to this job,” he added.

Further openeing up on the reports of a rift between him and newly appointed ODI skipper Rohit Sharma, Kohli said: “There is no problem between me and Rohit Sharma – I have been clarifying since the last 2.5 years – I am literally tired”.

India is scheduled to tour South Africa from December 26 for a three Test series which will be followed by the ODIs.

Earlier, several former cricketers spoke on the matter with former India skipper Mohammed Azharuddin saying that such reports will only give rise to speculations of a rift between two senior players while Kirti Azad felt that the feud would not be healthy for India in long run.

“Virat Kohli has informed that he’s not available for the ODI series & Rohit Sharma is unavailable fr d upcoming test. There is no harm in taking a break but d timing has to be better. This just substantiates speculation abt d rift. Neither will be giving up d other form of cricket,” Azharuddin had expressed on reports of Kohli skipping the ODIs.

While reacting to Azharuddin’s statement, Kirti Azad said: “If Rohit and Virat are not playing together then the team will suffer later, they will themselves suffer first. One player will replace another. No one is indispensable. Many greats have come and gone. Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly.”

“So, they will suffer first if they do not play in each other’s captaincy,” he added.

Last week, Rohit was appointed as the captain of Team India for the upcoming ODI series and was also promoted to the role of the vice captain for India’s Test team.

However, Rohit was later ruled out of the Test series due to a hamstring injury and was replaced by opening batter Priyank Panchal, who was part of India A tour to the Proteas side earlier this month.

Virat Kohli to play South Africa ODI series

With several media reports claiming that India’s Test skipper Virat Kohli will be skipping the three-match ODI series against host South Africa, an another report has now claimed that the BCCI has cleared the air on the matter and the former ODI skipper will feature in the 50-over series.

Notably, India is scheduled to tour South Africa from December 26 for a three Test series which will be followed by the ODIs.

However, with Rohit Sharma appointed the skipper of the ODIs, several reports were claiming that Kohli was unhappy with the captaincy change in the ODI format and would skip the ODI series as he didn’t wanted to play under his former deputy.

Meanwhile, few other reports also said that Kohli had decided to skip the ODI series as wanted to celebrate his daughter’s first birthday with family at home.

However, a top BCCI official has now put a full stop to all such speculations. “There is no truth in reports of Virat skipping the ODIs,” said a top BCCI official as quoted by Cricbuzz.

“He is a totally committed cricketer and there is no doubt about his participation,” he added.

Earlier, several former cricketers spoke on the matter with former India skipper Mohammed Azharuddin saying that such reports will only give rise to speculations of a rift between two senior players while Kirti Azad felt that the feud would not be healthy for India in long run.

“Virat Kohli has informed that he’s not available for the ODI series & Rohit Sharma is unavailable fr d upcoming test. There is no harm in taking a break but d timing has to be better. This just substantiates speculation abt d rift. Neither will be giving up d other form of cricket,” Azharuddin had expressed on reports of Kohli skipping the ODIs.

While reacting to Azharuddin’s statement, Kirti Azad said: “If Rohit and Virat are not playing together then the team will suffer later, they will themselves suffer first. One player will replace another. No one is indispensable. Many greats have come and gone. Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly.”

“So, they will suffer first if they do not play in each other’s captaincy,” he added.

Last week, Rohit was appointed as the captain of Team India for the upcoming ODI series and was also promoted to the role of the vice captain for India’s Test team.

However, Rohit was later ruled out of the Test series due to a hamstring injury and was replaced by opening batter Priyank Panchal, who was part of India A tour to the Proteas side earlier this month.

“Priyank Panchal replaces injured Rohit Sharma in India’s Test squad. Rohit sustained a left hamstring injury during his training session in Mumbai yesterday. He has been ruled out of the upcoming 3-match Test series against South Africa,” the BCCI said in a tweet.

India will play three-Test series in Centurion, Johannesburg and Cape Town on their tour while the ODIs will be held at Paarl and Cape Town. Paarl is scheduled to host the first two ODIs.