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Rohit Sharma ruled out of South Africa Test series, Priyank Panchal replacement Rohit Sharma
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Rohit Sharma ruled out of South Africa Test series, Priyank Panchal replacement

IBNS | @indiablooms | 13 Dec 2021, 09:20 pm

Mumbai/UNI: In a blow to Virat Kohli's team, India's Test vice-captain Rohit Sharma was on Monday ruled out of the upcoming three-match series against South Africa due to a hamstring injury.

Sharma's hamstring injury resurfaced during net session here, as per media reports, besides getting hit on hand.

Priyank Panchal will replace Sharma in the Test squad after the vice-captain sustained a left hamstring injury during his training session on Sunday, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) said.

The Ahmedabad-born Panchal has played 100 first class matches.

He was earlier part of an extended India squad that played against England in four Tests at home.

Panchal, who leads Gujarat in domestic cricket, was among the reserve openers for the series alongside Abhimanyu Easwaran.

Panchal, 31, led India A against South Africa in the three four-day games in Bloemfontein. He scored 96, 24 and 0 in his three innings on tour.

Sharma was rested for the two-match Test series against New Zealand at home.

India's Test squad: Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Priyank Panchal, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj.