Team India’s star opener Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the Test series against South Africa due to a left hamstring injury. The selection committee has named Priyank Panchal as Rohit’s replacement for the series. Everyone expected the committee to name a capped Test player as a replacement but surprisingly, Priyank grabbed that chance.
Priyank has recently led India A during the unofficial Test series against South Africa. Impressed by his skills, the management gave him a call-up. Priyank is a seasoned cricketer in the domestic circuit. Earlier, he was selected as a reserve member for the home series held against England in the first half of this year.
The 31-year-old player from Gujarat played more than 100 first-class games in his career. He made 7011 runs which include 24 centuries. It has been quite late but a worthy call-up from the BCCI. Priyank is also surprised by this decision and is excited to join Team India.
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“Thank you everyone for all your good wishes. Honoured to be donning the team India jersey. Thank you for showing faith in me @BCCI. Looking forward to the series!” tweeted Priyank after getting selected in the Indian squad. As he played a series in South Africa less than a month ago, there are chances of him getting picked in the playing XI of any of the three Tests.
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